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Steve Lampfield 

Gerry Young 

Kevin Smith 

Miss Elizabeth Keblbek 

Chief Editor 

Associate Editor 

Sports Editor 

Faculty Advisor 

Lou Ann Lex 
James Graham 


Mr. Walter Evans 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


After a little more than a year, I 
am still awed by the complexity and rich- 
ness of resources here. I recall with 
wonder a tour my wife and I were taken on 
by Mr. Hart, of the subterranean passage- 
ways connecting our buildings through which 
flows their life-blood - electricity, steam. 
Communication lines and what-have-you. 
Starting at one end of our school, we de- 
sended and followed such a maze of pipes 
and wires and valves and controls as to 
boggle the mind. When we came up again 
into the light above ground, we were clear 
over to the other end of our campus. I 
think this experience more than anything 
else portrays to my mind the fact that 
the many seperate and beautiful buildings 
on our grounds comprise one schools 

I still, unhappily, don't know the 
names of everyone on our staff. Some come 
to work when I leave for home, and viceversa. 
Some work off m the far corners of the 
campus, and we don't often meet. But I'm 
very aware of our connectedness because 
there is hardly a time I allow something 
outside of the established routines which 
doesn't involve more staff than I initially 
thought it would! I have to be constantly 
on the alert for the effects of my decisions 
upon a widening group of people other than 
the students and teachers under my nose-- 
houseparents, food service personnel, maintenance 
staff, cleaning staff, aides, student teachers, 
etc. So changing established routines 

is not an easy matter, as I too oftren dis- 
cover when I hear from someone whom I ' ve 
neglected to inform along the line. This 
interrelation between people who serve in 
so many ways helps to bring home to me the 
fact that we are all one staff « 

I feel there will be no end to the chal- 
lenge and excitement of my deepening involve- 
ment with our students^ They are, like all 
students^ complex and rich in potential. The 
fact that they must be divided up into groups 
with generally alike needs in order that our 
resources be applied efficiently, often in- 
creases expectations of a general "sameness" 
from within each group. This in turn empha- 
sizes differences between groups of students 
rather than awareness of differences between 
students themselves c But our basic tenet 
is that each of them (as each of us) IS^ 
unique and different o Keeping this in mind, 
I feel, heightens my acceptance of each in- 
dividual student as well as my awareness 
of there being only one student body. In 
this same way I see each of us clearly having 
different jobs to do — but together, only 
one mission. 

One school. One staff. One student 
body. One purpose. But what complexity 
and richness in these « And what challenge 
and satisfaction can be ours if we work to- 
gether with the differences in each oneness — 
with ideas and with each other's wishes in 
such a way that seemingly dissonant patterns 
take on meaning and resolve into harmony I 

Steve Lampfield 

For several years the student Council 
has been trying to get a smoking room for 
the students o Well, we finally did it, 
I have two suggestions that might make 
the utilization of the smoking room safer 
and more efficent. 

The first suggestion is for more ash 
trays. The second is for more chairs. 
About my first suggestion, more ash trays. 
In the smoking room we have one ash tray« 
We would appreciate it if there were more. 
To make ash trays one would get some empty 
cans and fill them full of sand. 

As for my second suggestion, more 

chairs. As of today, there are three 

chairs in the smoking room^ We smokers 

would also appreciate it if there were 
more chairs. 

If this privilege is abused, it might 
be the last privilege we ever get. So 
listen sm.okers of Overbrook, let us not 
ruin it for everyone. 

Thank you 


students and friends^ 

I am pleased to announce the addition 
to our staff of Sally Hollingsworth, who 
will be with us as Director of Student 
Services starting November 25th, Generally, 
Mrs. Hollingsworth' s responsibilities will 
include coordinating efforts of our non- 
teaching staff to assure that services 
being provided continue to be in a coherent 
relationship with and supportive of our 
primary mission — education « 

Sally Hollingsworth received her social 
service degree in 19 56 from Bryn Mawr and 
since has worked as a psychiatric social 
worker^ clinical socialworker , chief social 
worker, service program coordinator and 
assistant professor of social work. She 
has served the special needs of clients 
and their families in agencies such as 
the Child Study Center, Southern Home for 
Children and Horizon House. She is an 
active member in her professional organiza- 

I'm sure we all look forward to meet- 
ing her and making her welcome « 

Norman Reimer 

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Steve Lampfieid 

There is a new course here at Overbrook, 
called Store and Stand, which is taught 
by Mr« Dunbar. The course has five main 
functions : 

1. To teach students how to take inventory 

2. To teach students how to work with 

3. To teach students how to take and de- 
liver orders 

4» To let students buy the equipment that 
they need 

5, To provide teachers with the equipment 
that they need 

The students taking this course call the 
store the ''PIT" because of two reasons; it is 
located in the cellar^ and it has a cavelike 
atmosphere about it. The students taking this 
course are as follows i Judy Williams, Ruth 
Swain, Fran Cunha, Leonard Johnson, Arthur 
Cohen. John Dalatore , with an occasional visit 
by Rod Powell, Kevin Smith, and Steve Lampfieid, 

The Pit is a nonprofit organization run 
by the students. Whatever it costs the Pit 
for equipment,, that is what it will cost you^ 
So listen students, go to the Pit; you will 
get a great deal, 


Lou Ann Lex 

This year our girls' track team^ under 
our new coach, Miss Herrick^ worked very 
hard m preparing for our meet and touriaa- 
ment • 

Saturday, October 5th, we met New York 
Institute here at Overbrook. The final score 
of that meet was Overbrook 96, New York 23. 

The following weekend we went to Batavia, 
New York, for the tournament o The results 

are as follows , 

Istc North Carolina 

2nde Overbrook 

3rd» Perkins 

4th. Batavia 

Some of our strongest events were the 
44 single and double and the high jump. We 
also placed in some of the dashes, shot put 
and the soft ball throw. 

Following the tournament Saturday night 
our team and North Carolina went to Niagra 
Falls for an hour^ We returned to Batavia 
Saturday night, and back to school Sunday • 

Next year we are hoping that we will 

bring home a first. 




Shavvn Sievert 


Gerry Young 

Well, It's good to be back this year, 
and we hope to bring you as good, if not 
a better column this year. 

First off, the Senior Chorus is pre- 
paring for Parent's Day, which is scheduled 
for November 8. Even though the chorus 
is smaller, we still sound very good. 
Miss Deraco thinks that the new members 
will be able to fit into the group very 
easily. The chorus hopes to have a very 
successful year. 

The band is also shaping up fairly 
goode They are also preparing for the 
Parent's Day Program. As far as the combo 
is concerned, no one knows about it, yet. 
Hov/ever Mr. Boncccorso is very optimistic, 
and hopes to have a comibo soon. The Pep 
Band is doing very well. They are in the 
process of reviewing their numbers. 

The Young Teens, Overbrook's singing 
threesome will be appearing outside of 
the school for the first time. They will 
appear at the Pottstown Lions Club on 
November 19. We hope it will be very re- 
warding. In the next issue, we will let 
you know what's happening in the "Wonderful 

World of Music. " 


Gerry Young 

Although the school year is just be- 
ginning ^ there are already two new clubs 
that have started^ The first one is "not 
really a club" so says Mrs, Legg, who is 
the supervisor of the Computer Club, It's 
main purpose is to schedule students for 
use of th65 computer terminals after school, 
"The v/ord club just doesn^t fit/' says Mrs* 
Legg. The club also helps students to 
gain experience from other students who 
have used the terminals last year so that 
they can write their ovm programs c We 
should be hearing from them, later on in 
the year « 

The other new club^ which is just 
as exciting^ is the Textile Club* Mrs « 
Flagler and Mrs. Drover are working with 
the students ^ teaching them such things 
as knitting y crocheting, needlepoint , etc. 
Those who know how to cane chairs can 
also participate in the club. "It's 
something that can be done as a hobby/' 
Mrse Flagler says, "I think students can 
find it a new way of expressing themselves. 

In the next issue j, we hope to have 
m.ore nev^s on these ^ and the many other 
clubs that will be starting soon* 


James Graham 

MISS CHRISTENSEN'S class made a model 
airplane with a propeller. They also took 
a trip to the Granite Run Mall, In the 
pet shop there they got to pet the puppies. 

MRSc MILLER ^S class went to Nelson's 
variety store to learn how to make change 
and to learn about everything around them. 
They also plan a trip to Lmvilla Orchards 
near Media for the purpose of seeing all 
kinds of things made from apples. They 
will be given a lecture, a tour, and a 
hay ride, 


Our student teacher's name is Mrs. 
Oberlander, who is from Kutztown State 
College. She has been teaching a unit on 
transportation^ The following are some 
experience stories on field trips they 
have taken. The first one is about a train 
ride: We went for a ride. We went on a 
train. The engineer tooted his whistle. 
We got tickets . We gave them to the con- 
ductor. The next one is about an airplane: 
We went in an airplane and saw a lot of 
seats* We walked through a big tunnel 
to get into the airplane. We pulled the 
dinner tray out« We fastened our seat 
belts. We pulled the button and heard 
the bell for the ste^wardess. We saw the 
kitchen and then we heard music. We had 

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MISS SUSAJSI BESDEK , one of our elemen- 
tary school teachers ^"^s originally from 
Washington D.C« She did undergraduate 
work, however, at Dickinson College in 
Carlisle, Pa* and then came to Philadelphia 
where she completed her studies and grad- 
uated from Temple University in the sum- 
mer of 1974. While studying at Temple^ 
Miss Besdek worked during the last school 
year in our Optacon department where she 
became interested in Overbrook ' s students. 

MRS. LUCY HARP graduated from West 
Chester State College m May of 19 74. 
She majored in Speech Pathology and Audi- 
ology and is currently a speech therapist 
working with our deaf-blind pupils n 
Mrs. Harp feels that it is important for 
the deaf to be able to learn and compre- 
hend language, whether they be blind or 

MISS BARBRA HERRICK is a graduate 
from Court land State College in New York. 

She finished her high school years at 
Horseheads High School^ Horseheads New 

She came t:o Overbrook as a physical 
education teacher. 

Her hobbies are camping^ cross country- 
skiing^- sailing, and canoeing. 

MISS PATTY PEOPLES , is one of the 
nev7 teachers in Overbrook's Deaf Blind De- 
partment. Miss Peoples attended Hadiford 
High School for the last two months of 
her senior year= The rest of the time 
she went to Wyoming Valley West, From 
there she v/ent to West Chester State 
College in Pennsylvania. She attended 
West Chester for four years and majored 
in speech and hearing. She graduated with 
a B.S. in speech. 

A few of her interests are: art, oil 
painting, sketching, sewing, and playing 
the folk guitar. She likes out door sports, 
both spectator and participation. 


Hi, this is your roving reporter. 
The past few v^eeks of school I have been ask- 
ing some of the students here how they 
would feel about boys joining Gym Club, 
which in the past only girls have joined. 
I asked boys if they would join if they 
had the opportunity to do so. Most of 
the students said that they wouldn't mind 
or ''Sure, why not«" One student said "I 
think it's a great idea, but hov>; v^ill they 
take care of the locker room situation?'' 

There are many students who think ^ 
it is a good idea, and we hope to see it 
happen sometime in the future. 


Greetings to all of you former students, 
whomever, and wherever you are« In assum- 
ing the Chairmanship of the Publicity com- 
mittee, it is with the feeling that this 
column belongs to all of us « So if a news 
worthy event has occurred in your life, 
or if you know of something of interest 
which has happened to a friend, pass it 
along. It is no effort to assemble a column 
if one has the material » So let's hear 
from all of you. We shall list the com- . 
mittee at the end of the article. So if 
you have information, surely you know one 

of USe 

At the Oct. 12 Executive Board meet- 
ing it was decided to print a profile with 
each issue. We are open for suggestions, 
and may we also suggest that you try your 
hand at literary composition for the next 

Our Mid Winter Meeting 

Our mid-winter get together will be 
held at the School Saturday Febo 22. Sup- 
per will be in a school dining room at 
6:30 P«M» The program in the auditorium 
at 8s 00 P.M. will feature the Maria 
Garretti Girls Glee Club« The regularly 
scheduled Executive Board and committee 
meetings will be held earlier in the after- 


On July 26, 1974, according to an 
announcement in the August Issue of the 
Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind, 
Miss Helen Scherer retired from her posi- 
tion with the Aids and Appliances Division 

of the American Foundation for the Blind 
after 36 years of continuous service. 
Helen is a past president of our associa- 
tion and has always been a hard worker 
on many committees. She has never been 
too busy to lend a hand when called upon 
to do so. 

On Oct, 24, Walter Evans retired after 
31 years of service with Pennsylvania's 
Bureau for the Visually Handicapped. Walter 
began as a dictaphone transcriber m the 
central office in Harrisburg. After a 
leave of absence to take the Home Teachers 
Course, he returned to B.V.H. where he 
held positions as home teacher, V.R. Coun- 
selor, and caseworker. Two Overbrookers 
attended Walter's retirement dinner held 
at Altoona's new Sheraton Inn Oct. 16: 
Joe Perry, now a home teacher m Altoona 
with B.V.H., and Russ Webber, former presi- 
dent of our association, and retired Assis- 
tant manager of the Philadelphia District 
office. Russ has been a longtime friend 
of Walter and responsible for Walter's 
becoming associated with the State of Pa. 
Russ's wife, Agnes, accompanied him. Bill 
James, graduate of the Home Teachers Course, 
and manager of the Pittsburgh Office of 
B.V.H, also attended. 


R^ss and Agnes Webber, and Ray and 
xMarie iMunis spent an interesting week's 
vacation e They traveled via Amtrak to 
Montreal where they boarded a cruise ship 
for Chicago e They sailed through the St. 
Sawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. Op- 
portunity was afforded for tours of various 
lake-ports as Buffalo, Cleveland, and Detroit 
enroute during the day, while the ship 
served as hotel during travel. They flew 
home from Chicago. 

Murray O'Connor has been doing his 
usual travels^ managing to take in several 
conventions during the summer^ and also 
a visit to San Francisco c He reports that 
his mother is now 9 years of age and is 
quite alert both physically and mentally, 

William Curlin^ class of 1904^ returned 
last June for the banquet on the 70th anni- 
versary of his graduation, Mr» Curlin is 
in remarkably good health for his age. He 
formerly taught piano tuning ^ basketry^ 
and other crafts a He was also a forerunner 
of the present day mobility instructor. 
Many of us older persons are indebted to 
him for our travel skills « 

Burton Gale is now shop foreman at 

the Montgomery County Branch of P.A.B, 

where another of our number ^, Raymond Smyth ^ 

is executive Director, 

u^oe Rudy of Harrisburg is not toe 
well,^ we unaerstand. Here ^ s hoping his ' 

recovery is swift and complete. 

Two of our num.ber have passed from 

this worlds They are Mrs « Caroline fBaldi) 
xMiller^ and Mrs, Catherine (Dunsmore) Keller. - 

The following people are on the pub- 
licity committees Donna Berninger,, 1103 ' 
Keystone Avee , Upper Darby, Pa^ 19082? ' 
Marian Stankiewicz , 1300 Pulaski Ave. 

Shamokin^ 17872; Robert Frack^ 5801 Newton j 

Ave. Philadelphia, 19120; Robert Garrett, [ 

Jr, , 962 Vine Ave, Williamsport , 17701; 
and Walter Evans ^ Chairman^ 504 Ec Walton 
Ave,^ Altcona, Pao 16602, 


This is a profile of Margaret Crawford, 
graduate of the Home Teachers Training 
Course, whose achievements through her 
own efforts are m Overbrook's best tra- 

Margaret was born in Staunton, Va, 
being one of a family of eleven children. 
Her family came to Pennsylvania when Margaret 
was ten. Her father, a capable blacksmith, 
had obtained employment as an instructor 
of this trade at a farm school. 

Although she has always had impaired 
vision, she received both her elementary 
and secondary education in public schools. 
She graduated from the Philadelphia High 
School for Girls. 

Of the depression years, Margaret 
says that they were not easy for the Crawford 
family. Everyone took whatever jobs they 
could find. And she is proud of the fact 
that with it all, at no time did anyone of 
the Crawford family go on welfare. On 
the other hand, four of the Crawford sisters, 
including Margaret, became teachers. But 
Margaret's path to a college degree was a 
long and difficult one. 

Margaret took the Home Teachers Course 
at Overbrook for two years in the late 
twenties, commuting from her home as a day 
student. Following completion of this 
course, she was offered employment by the 
then Pennsylvania Home Teaching Society. 
She says of the late Isabel Kennedy, the 
former head of this organization, that she 
was a very fair person. 

with steady employment came an aware- 
ness of a need for more education o Accord- 
ingly ;, Margaret enrolled at Penn as a 
special student., and later changed her status 
at the University to that of a regular student 

During these years, Margaret so arranged 
her schedule that she was able to travel to 
sources of volunteer readings assist with 
the care of an ailing mother^ and at the 
same time give a full days work to the 
Home Teaching society ^ 

of her struggles during this period ,, 
Margaret felt many times that she would 
just give up her desire for a college de- 
gree ^ She would have done so except for 
the encouragement given her by the University 
of Pennsylvania,. Fler efforts finally paid 
off in 1946 when she earned her Bachelor of 
Arts Degree from Penn^ In achieving this 
goal, she had no outside financial help. 
She paid for it herself. 

In 1948 Miss Crawford joined the staff 
of the State Council for the Blind (now 
the Bureau of the Visually and Physically 
Handicapped) of the Department of Public 
Welfare when the Pennsylvania Home Teaching 
Society terminated its services and its 
professional staff was absorbed by this 
State Governmental agency n Margaret re- 
mained with the State agency for twenty 
years retiring in 1968 e 

During her years of service in the 
State Agency, she proved to be a capable 

And valued member of the staff and always 
had the respect and esteem of her colleagues. 
Knowledgable m crafts, she added to the 
repertoire of the other teachers in these 

The writer feels that all of us can 
be inspired by the example of this capable 
home teacher who learned many of her basic 
professional skills in the Home Teachers 
Course at Overbrooke And m an age when 
most of us want someone else to pay the 
bill through rehabilitation, she did it 
the hard way on her own. She is justly 
proud of her achievements for they represent 
a job well done. 

Walter Evans 
Profile Writer 


Father Ralph Wolfgang 


The school did not neglect the physical 
well being of its pupils „ A doctor was 
on call at all times and pupils were given 
periodic physical examinations, A dentist 
made a weekly visit to the school dispen- 
sary to take care of teeth. Minor opera- 
tions were often performed m the infirmary « 
There was a resident nurse who was avail- 
able three times a day to treat colds and 
minor disorders. For brief illnesses, 
pupils were sent to the infirmary to re- 

For half an hour each morning we were 
compelled to walk. If the weather was 
favorable, the walk was out of doors, if 
it was inclement, the walk was around the 
cloister^ In good weather, we were en- 
couraged to spend the time on the playground 
when not otherwise engaged » 

In 1907, the school purchased a plot of 
ground across Malvern Avenue for an athletic 
field. Shortly afterward the school partici- 
pated in its first track meet. The contest 
was between Overbrook and Maryland with each 
school holding the meet on its own field and 
the results weresent to each school by telegraph 

I am happy to report that Overbrook came off 
victorious. The events were 100, and 50 yard 
dashes; standing, and running broad jump; shot 
put; and hammer throw. In 1911 a three way 
meet was held with Pittsburgh and Batavia in 
which Overbrook also proved victorious. 

A type of football was quite popular. 
Most games were played on Cottage C lawn 
where the walks provided goals. Any ball 
kicked over the walk scored a point for 
the kicking team. Each team had at least 
one boy with partial sight who could re- 
trieve the ball. 

The swimming pool was built about 
the same time as the athletic field was 
acquired. Everyone was supposed to learn 
to swim, but the pool was only open dur- 
ing the assigned periods. The bowling 
alley was patronized chiefly by the staff. 
Pupils were often commandeered to set up 
the pins for ten cents an hour. 

Every pupil was asigned two periods 
a week in the gymnasium, where sitting 
up exercises and work on the parellel bars 
and horse, were the chief forms of physi- 
cal development. 

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Steve Lampfield 

Gerry Young 

Kevin Smith 

Miss Elizabeth Keblbek 

Chief Editor 

Associate Editor 

Sports Editor 

Faculty Advisor 

Lou Ann Lex . 
Lenore Patterson 


Mr., Walter Evans 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 



Sharon Leacock 

Yes, what can it be in the food of 
Overbrook that makes everyone gripe and 
groan? For the last three years in Over- 
brock I have found the food to be one of 
many things that has come under severe 
criticism. V7hen I studied the problem 
closely, hoping to come up with a solution 
or something of its kind, I tound these 
chuckling questions unanswerable to the 
dismay of my fellow students. 

Why are we all getting fatter? Pre- 
sumably the food is terrible. Why do we 
ask: Ac What's for breakfast, after Teen 
Center in the evening? B, What's for lunch, 
at 10s 00 in the morning? C. What's for 
supper, at 2:00 in the afternoon? Why do 
we congregate five to ten minutes in the 
dining halls before breakfast and supper? 
Presumably the food is not edible. Why are 
there never seconds if someone should eat 
slowly at a meal? 

We can all come up with idiotic answers 
to these questions; but, are there many 
reasonable answers to these questions? I'm 
afraid not. 

The answers may lie in any of these 
questions: A. Are we too hungry to take 
decisive action about the food once we get 
in the dining room? B. Is the food that 
different from the food our mothers cook? 
(not saying much for some home cooking.) 
C. Are we just complaining because there 
isn't much to complain about? 

Whatever the possible answexs may be, 
I have come to this conclusion: The com- 
plainers are too critical and obnoxious. 
For the amount of food consumed at each meal 
so greedily and ravinously^ it's too good 
to be true that the food is quite that "yuck' 

So, many of those ill statements must 
go unnoticed to uphold the reputation of 
our nutritious foodc 

What is or is not in the food nutrition- 
wise is never discussed. Also^ the good in - 
the tood is never quite paid a compliments 
So^ what can it be in the food? I ask. 



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Lenora Patterson ' • • • '■■ ■ ■ ■'■■ 

I will agree ^ first of all^ that there. 
is a great deal of complaining about the 
school food -- perhaps that is a under-- 
statements Of course^p wherever there are 
people, there are complaints j however, tiiat 
is no excuse for the many negative criti- 
cisms heard on campus. But to ask "why are 
we all getting fatter?" is to make a rather 
unfair generalization. Even if this were 
the case -- which if anyone would observe 
closely he might find that it is not — ■ one 
could also assume that we are all indulging 
in extra breaks for lack of better food^ 

Then why is it that we congregate in 
the hallways? And why do we constantly in- 
quire as to the menu of each meal? "Pre- 
sumably the food is not edible I" The first 

"idiotic" answer which comes to mind — 
which ^ by the way, for some people may be 
the only logical explanation — is that 
"When you're hungry you'll eat anything!" 
A simple and more acceptable answer is that 
many of us are curious as to what there is 
to eat. Whether we like it or not isn't 
the point at that very instant, because 
we'd like to know what we're having in order 
to decide whether we like the food or 
whether it is edible. Getting back to the 
question of "congregating in the dining 
halls": Why is it assumed that just be- 
cause we're standing around the dining rooms 
we are all ravinous and eager for chow? It 
just so happens that there is a standing rule 
that those who are late for any meal will 
be penalized; and perhaps to avoid such 
lateness, we are told to be in the dining 
area five or ten minutes prior to the meal. 

Perhaps it would be best for everyone 
if those of us who constantly criticize 
might think of some reasonable suggestions. 
If you have none, maybe you could compliment- 
- just a bit louder — those things you do 
like, and complain a little less about those 
you dislike. Keep in mind that, especially 
in this case, it's not in "good taste" to 
repeat negative opinions. Remember the trite 
but true phrase "you can't please all the 
people ... 



Kevin Smith 

This year we had a really great wrest- 
ling team. We were 9 and 1 plus a first 
in the 4-way meet and a second in the tourna- 
ment. Good work guys. 

3:30 Away 1/2/02 P,S.D. 26 vs O.Be 40 

3:00 Home 12/05 Ben Franklin 11 vs 0,B. 54 

3:30 Away 12/10 Maryland 18 vs 0«B. 39 

3:30 Home 12/12 Roxborough 

10:00 Home 12/14 W« Virginia 

15 vs OeB. 50 
8 vs O.B« 50 

3:00 Away 12/17 Germantown 



vs OoB. 48 





Simon Gratz 


















Edison High 









4 Way Meet 


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January 24-26^ EAAB Wrestling Tournament 

Hampton, Va. - Second place 




Lou Ann Lex 

This year in cheerleadmg we are 
making some changes in old cheers, and we 
have some completely new cheers. 

This year we have 5 Junior Varsity 
cheerleaders. Even though there aren't 
any Junior Varsity wrestling meets, the girls 
still get the chance to show their cheers. 

There are 8 Varsity cheerleaders, 4 

of which are alternates. During the home 

meets all 8 of us cheer. For the away meets, 

only 6 cheerleaders can go. 

The cheerleadmg and wrestling tourna- 
ments will be held January 25, 26 and 27 
at Hamilton, Virginia. This will be the 
final competition of the season. 


Steve Lampfield 

On the staff of the Perceiver we have 
eight people. These people are Don Balonis, 
Co-Editor; Steve Lampfield, Co-Editor; Lenore 
Patterson, Copy Editor; Jim Caldwell, Lay out 
Editor; Daisy Morgan, Braille Proof Reader; 
Kevin Smith, Assistant Artist; Ruth Swam, 
Michael Patterson, Thermoformers ; with 
Mrs. Kauffman as the yearbook advisor. 

This staff is very individualistic, 
but they are all working toward the same 
goal. This goal is to have the best year- 
book in the history of Overbrook, 

This years* yearbook is being published 
by the Taylor Publishing Company, The Taylor 
Publishing Company is a professional publish- 
company, which deals in nothing but year- 
book publications. 

The cover is blue and gold, and surpris- 
ingly enough this years* yearbook will have 
a hard back cover. The pages will be glossy 
and filled with delightful amusement. Each 
page contains beautiful pictures and interest' 
ing readings. Each page will bring back 
memories of good, and these pages may 
hold something in the future for you. 

For the people who ordered a yearbook, 
you won^t be sorry; but for the people who 
didn^t order a yearbook, you will be sorry. 


Fran Cunha 

Ceramics- club meers every Tuesday after-- 
noon, directed by Miss Lodholz. We can do 
just about anything we want as long as it 
pertains to arts. 

We have a ceramics card which Miss Lodholz 
punches a hole in after each thing we make. 
We have many molds and forms which we can 
use to make all kinds of things. We have 

molds to make dogs, eagles, turtles, a 
Dutch boy and a Dutch girl, and a cat and 
piggy bank. The cat and the piggy bank are 
made with the pour mold. The others are 
made with pressed molds. 

Some students are making pot holders 
which are woven on a small square loom. 
Others are drawing and painting using crayons, 
chalk, charcoal pencils, magic markers, water 
colors, and fluorescent paints. 

There is a showcase at the end of 
elementary hall where some of the projects 
are displayed after they are finished. 


Lou Ann Lex 

Several weeks ago Walt Spillman came 
to Overbrcok, on his own time, to teach 
some of the students gymnastics. The 
club is held every Tuesday evening for those 
students in 6th through 12th grades who are 

We are currently working on tumbling. 
Each week we do forward rolls, backward rolls, 
cartwheels, and handstand forward rolls for 

The club is for those who are interested 
in learning gymnastics. We learn something 
new every weeko It isn't all work; we have 

a lot of fun while we are learning e 

Shawn Sievert and Gerry Young 


The Senior Chorus was very busy in 
December preparing a variety of Christmas 

On the eighteenth of December, the 
Chorus sang at the City Hall Courtyard in 
Philadelphia, along with other city choirs c 

This year, we took part in the Christ- 
mas program, put on by the Elementary De- 


Although it looked as though the Band 
wouldn't be ready for Parent's Day this year, 
we were surprised to hear how well they sounded. 

The band played two numbers; Soulfull 
Strut, and Spanish Flee» 

The Pep Band, for the fifth consecutive 
year, is once again providing both wrestlers 
and cheerleaders with that old "school spirit." 
We hope that they have continued success. 


The Young Teens: Mike Miskiv, Shawn ^ 
Sievert, and Gerry Young, performed two times, 
almost one month apart. They sang for the 
Pottstown Lions Club on Nov. 19. Everyone had 
a good time, and it was enjoyed by all. 

They sang at St. Johns Lutheran Church, 
also in Pottstown, on Dec. 15. Again, they were 
warmly received. They hope to do more outside 
work in the near future. We "pros" wish them 
good luck. 

From the music staff of the Red & White, 
the best of luck to all of you readers, without 
you, who else would read this column? 


Debbie Brown & Earl Young 
Miss White's Sixth Grade 

On October 8th we went to the Amish 
Country. We saw an Amish house and farm, 
and we heard a lecture about how the Amish 
people live. We had a picnic lunch and ate 
a piece of Shoo-fly pie. 

We visited the Franklin Institute and 
the Planetarium on Nov. 12th. We saw many 
interesting things there. We visited the 
electronic music room where we pressed buttons 
and made the music sound different » We also 
went to the place where we talked into a 
telephone and then heard how our voices sound 
to other people e 

On Wednesday; December 4th « we went 
to Wanamakers to see the Christmas shoWe 
We went by trolley car. Part of the time 
we were on the road and some of the time 
vje were under the ground. We waited until 
10s 00 a,m« for the store to open. We all 
sat on the floor by the big eagle. There 
was a great big tree that changed to all 
different colors. Everything was done with 
lights. There v^^ere fountains which changed 
colors because lights shown on theme All 
kinds of figures iit up on the wall? snow- 
men, reindeer^ Santa Claus, a tram, and 
toy soldiers. The show was beautiful, and 
we enjoyed it a lot. 


Mr. Paul DelFrari 

Mr. Paul DelFrari is a mobility teacher 
at Overbrook, He was born in Tarry town. 
New York and attended Hendrick Hudson High 
School, After graduating from the State 
University of New York at Albany, he studied 
Peripatology at Boston college. 

His outside interests are theatre, and 
art and, while a spectator of sports, he 
enjoys ice skating, skiing, and jogging in 
the summer^ 



by „. 

Gerry Young 

It was really hard to come up with a 
good question this time, but somehow or other, 
we came up with one. The question was, 
"Should the girls also have a smoking room?" 

Earlier in the year, the boys were given 
a room in which to smoke. So this brings 
us to the question, and some interesting j' 

answers e i 

"I feel that it's only fair that the 
girls and boys should be able to smoke in 
the same room together." • 

"Even though I strongly object to smok- 
ing, I believe that if the boys are allowed 
to smoke, then so should the girls. After 
all, does the administration think that only 
boys sm.oke?" 

"If the girls aren't allowed to smoke, 
then they ought to get rid of the smoking 
room altogether." 

As you can see, it was a unanimous "yes." 
If you have a topic that you think should 
be investigated, please send them to the 
Red and White (in care of the Roving Reporter,) 

Lenora Patterson 

This term's roving reporter topic was 
"smoking on campus." I asked a few of the 
girls how they felt about smoking for the 
students, whether they thought it should 
only be allowed for boys, and whether they 
thought the boys and girls should smoke in 
a co-ed room or separately. 

The girls to whom I spoke all agree 
that it is only fair if both the girls and 
boys are given the same smoking privilege. 
One girl commented that the rules and 
privileges, particularly on this smoking 
rule, should be stated specifically so that 
the students can clearly understand what's 
happening. Most of the girls thought at 
first that everyone who had permission from 
their parents--those who were old enough-- 
would be allowed to smoke in a smoking room, 

Now that the girls know that there is only 
a boy' s smoking room, even those who claim 
that they have no intentions of becoming 
a smoker say that it isn't fair that the 
girls do not have one also. Most of the 
girls have taken a "we should be allowed 
to smoke if the boys can" attitude and think 
that there should be a change mader Even 
if a very small minority of us do not per- 
sonally wish to take advantage of a smoking 
privilege^ we should still not be denied 
the same rights, : , ^^ . ,^ - 




Hallie Renee King 

This poem I'm willing to show, 

So this is exactly the way it goese 

Christmas means a lor to me. We decorate, 

celebrate, and put gifts under the tree^ 

Look at the children 1 Look at them go I 

Playing, playing, through the snowe Comel 

Come! Come along » We're going to sing some 

Christmas songs e I love these holidays. 

I guess you see. So this is what Christmas 

means to me« Some love red, others love 

green « And to my opinion^ the holidays are 

supreme. Jingle bells. Jingle bells, Jingle f 

all the way. Now we see the children riding |i 

in their sleigh. 

Suzy wore a red dress, 

And she said to herself, I think Christmas 

is the best* • 

As we were walking thru snow soft and white 

We saw a beautiful light. 

And we began to sing Silent Night, 

Hallie Renee King 

My mama told me early, to turn the other cheek, 

And she made me swear to think, before I speak. 

She said there will be times when you wish 

you had a friend, 

But stand up tall my child, and don't you bend. 

It takes a whole lot of feeling 

I know from what I've seen. That it takes 

a whole lot of human feeling, to be a 

human being. 


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They sing Noel, they sing Noel I 
Refraining, "Joy, we praise our KingI" 
Lift ev'ry heart! Toll ev'ry belli 
For joys that Christmas brings. 
They sing Noel, they sing Noel! 
Their smiles aglow and spirits grand. 
'Tis hope, goodwill and love they sell. 

For these are in demand. 

They sing Noel, they sing Noel! 
Till all the earth is Christmas-f illed. 
No thundering guns^ no blazing hell: 
The war for now is stilled. 

They sing Noel, they sing Noel' 

For we are children old and young. 

Our hearts with Christmas hope will swell, 

Then fall when it is gone^. 

They sing Noel, they sing Noel! 
Refraining^ "joy^ ^s praise our King!" 
Lift ev * ry heart! Toil ev*ry bell 
For ]oys that Christmas brings » 
They smg Noel^ they sing Noel! ' 
And though we hear the last refrain, 
May Christmas love within us swell 
Till once it comes aqaine 





Priscilla Gardner 

The Bible tells us about Jesus and His Disciples. 

The word Bible means book. 

The Holy Bible is the Holy Book. 

Jesus was God's son. 

He was born in Bethlehem. 

He died on the cross and saved us from our sins. 

Jesus helps the poor and everybody. 

And you get help from God. 

And the Bible teaches us to be good, to be 
kind to everybody and to be cheerful, to be 
friendly, to be helpful when other people 
need help. 




Stacy Fisher 
5th grade 

Once again the snow is falling 

Everything is brilliant white 

Once again the snow is flying 

Such a wondrous beauty sights 

City is laden v/ith a blanket so soft 
Children dreaming what tomorrow may bring o 
City is laden with a blanket so fine^ 
Listen to the joy bells ring^ 

That long-awaited day is here 

Last night came Santa and his eight reindeer. 

Listen to the shouts of cheer, f 

Christmas day is really hereo 


As this coiumn is being assembled on 
Jan. 8, we want to wish all of you a Happy 
New Year. News items for this issue are 
not too plentiful. However, we shall do 
pur best wxth what we have. 

Our Secretary-Treasurer, Leroy Price, 
tells me th=it we now have 366 members. So 
we are a grov/mg organization. Recently the 
Alumni Association has become incorporated. 
We are also becoming more involved with 
the students at Overbrook. If you read this 
item and are not now a member, why not join 
us. Help both swell our numbers and add 
your contribution to the total good we can 
do as an association, 

Joe Gibson (Class of 70) was married 
during March of 1974. They are expecting 
a new arrival the last week of January. 

Bob Garrett, Jr. v7ho graduated from 
Overbrook in 1970 and from Thiel College 
in 19 7 4 is now employed as a social worker 
by the Lycoming County Branch of P,AcB« m where his boss is our Secretary- 
Treasurer, Leroy reports that Bob is doing 
an excellent job, . During one summer vaca- 
tion while working as a Counselor at Beacon 
Lodge Bob met Beth Price the Camp's nurse 
for that season « Beth is now Mrs. Bob Garrett. 
Carl Shoemaker tells us that this is romance 
No. 2 3 which has culminated in marriage for 
Beacon Lodge e 

John Forbes recently celebrated his 
70th birthday. The event was highlighted 
by a party attended by some 16 guests. 

Included were Russ and Agnes Webber; Ray 
and Marie Munis; Ben and Mary Lutfy; Griff 
and Gert Robins; Rose Narducci, and Allen Cox, 

Murray O'Connor still maintains a busy 
travel schedule including attendance at con- 
ventions of affilliates of the National 
Federation of the Blind. He recently atten- 
ded the Maryland Convention in Baltimore. 

While attending the National Federation 
Convention in Chicago last July, Murray 
visited the Headquarters of Lions Interna- 
tional in Oakbrook, 111. He was given a 
royal welcome at Headquarters and was able 
to make several meetings with this visit* 
Murray has been a Lion since 1959, 

We understand that the National Federa- 
tion is organizing those who are both Lions 
and Federationists and that this group meets 
during N.F.Be Conventions* 

Bill Murray's good wife, Louella^ has 
been quite ill and has been hospitalized 
three times since last summer. We wish her 
a speedy and complete recovery. 

And our sympathy is also extended to 
Bill Murray in the recent death of his mother, 
Mrs. Jeannette Murray. 

Death has claimed two of our number. 
Lucille Mahan of May Lane, Ala^ died recently. 
She was a talented teacher of music, and a 

Arline Phillips died in December at 
the age of 87, Arline was the capable and 

Popular home teacher of the Wilkes-Barre 
Branch of P.A.B. She had retired several 
years agOo Arline traveled with a Seeing 
Eye dog guide. The writer last saw 
Arline at Seeing Eye in 1962 where she 
trained with her last dog. 

The committee: Donna Berninger? Marian 
Stankiewicz; Robert Frack; Robert Garrett, Jr. ; 
Murray O'Connor; and Chairman Walter Evans, 
504 E. Walton Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16602. 

P.S. If you have news items for the next 
issue of the Red & White, please have 
them in my hands by April 25, 1975, 


Robert Frack wishes to call our attention 
to a choral group, the Nevil Aires. The 
group is composed of all legally blind per- 
sons and includes some of Overbrook's for- 
mer students. This group had a piano donated 
to them, and they rehearse in the auditorium 
of the Nevil Center, 919 Walnut St., Philadelphia 
Included in the group are Robert Frack, 
Evelyn (Curcio) Kawiak, Violet Koester, Ann 
German, Anita (Gains) Walker, and Gerald 
Haggerdy. The group, which includes some 
14 members, is directed by Mrs. Joyce Zapf. 
Bob feels that others might wish to become 
interested in this group, or those in other 
areas might wish to start a similar group. 

The Nevil Center, provided through a 
grant from the Nevil Trust, houses the Library 
for the Blind of the Free Library of Phila- 
delphia on the first floor « An auditorium 
and Radio Station RICB occupy the second 
floor. Volunteers Services for the Blind 
uses the third floor. "Wheels" a service 
providing transportation services for 
the handicapped occupies the fourth floor. 

Two of our niimber are candidates for 
the presidency of the Pennsylvania Federation 
of the Blind. Dr. Mae Davidow, who holds 
a Dr.'s degree in Education and former tea- 
cher of mathmatics at Overbrook; and Ted / 
Young who holds a Master's degree and who 
is manager of the Philadelphia District 
Office of the Bureau for the Visually Handi- 
capped . 

Violet Koester has been quite ill and 
was hospitalized about ten days. 



Overbrook *s Class of 1929 might be noted 
for having three of its members engaged in 
work for the blind. They are: Drc Mae E. 
Davidow, former teacher at Overbrook and now 
president of the Pennsylvania Federation 
of the Blind; Burton Gale, foreman at the 
Montgomery County Association for the Blind 
in Norristown, Pa.; and the gentleman who 
weened him away from the branch in West Phila- 
delphia, C. Raymond Smythe, affectionately 
known as Ray. 

Ray came to Overbrook in the fall of - 

1921, and after a short stay in the kinder- ^" 

garten building, came to the main school in 
January, 1922 o Although Ray was a bit ill 
during the winter, when he returned in the , 

spring, he did not wait to endear himself 
to students and teachers alike, and this 
writer immediately became one of his good 

Although Ray came to us from outside 


Camden, New Jersey, in 1922, he moved with 
his parents, Mr, and Mrs. C. Raymond Smythe, 
Sr., to 2014 North 61st Street, in Overbrook 
from which point he became a day student 
at the school for the blind. Many boys with 
partial sight considered it a privilege to 
take him home in the evening. 

Ray took full advantage of all activi- 
ties at the school and, although he did not 
excel in athletics, joined the boy scout 
troup 12 3 under Mr. Herbert Hartung ' s scout 
mastership. While still a scout, Ray suggest- 
ed taking a hike down around the old Sesqui- 
centennial grounds which had mostly been 
vacated at the end of 1926. The hike was 
to pass a test for First-Class Scoutship, 
and it sounded like such a great idea to 
the members of the troup who had not passed 
this part of the test that many of them, 
including the writer, decided to go along. 
The hike was a great success, although there 
was not too much left to see except the 
stadium which still remains and is known 
as J.F.K. Stadium as we all know. This 
was in 1927. That following summer, Ray 
was chosen by popular vote to join the ranks 
of those who had, in past summers, gone to 
Camp Maguntacook, in Maine, sponsored by 
the Order of the Beavers, which is a group 
of scouts in Philadelphia, Those vjho had 
gone before Ray included such men as Don 
Burns, and the late Cameron Schreffler as 
well as the late Edward Mowery and others, 

Ray was an excellent speller, as many 
spellers from other schools will attest tOe 
He made many spelling trips with a selected 
team and did Overbrook and himself proud. 

In 1929, as stated above, Ray graduated 
at the top of his class, an honor which he 

shared with Dr, Davidow. After spending 
his final or senior year at Overbrook 
High School, Ray entered the business 
school at the University of Pennsylvania, 
graduating from there in 1934 • 

Among other interests Ray showed both 
at Overbrook and elsewhere, was music. 
He joined an orchestra as their pianist, 
and one time, this writer found Ray and 
his band playing at a Villanova celebra- 
tion. One or two of said band were also 
Villanovans* Ray also tried his hand at 
composing popular music of the day; "I'm 
All Alone in the World/' being one of them. 
Smith Baloo, a popular dance orchestra leader 
of the day in 1931, tried to popularize 
the song and often featured it on some of 
his programs from Saltzman's restaurant in 
mid- town New York. 

In 1936, Ray lost his father, and wrote 
a beautiful tribute to him. Those who read 
it thought so highly of it that it was pub- 
lished in the Red and White that same year. 

For a number of years Ray was employed 
by the Delaware County Association for the 
Blind, then under the direction of Mike 
Cariola, another former pupil of Overbrook. 
At present Ray runs the Montgomery County 
Association for the Blind in Norristown. 

Ray's mother died some years ago, but 
meanwhile, Ray married, and now lives in or 
near Ardmore , Pa. His wife meets him usually, 
at the Philadelphia and Western stop near 
his home, and drives him to their abode. 
Here's hoping Mrs. Smythe likes we easterners, 
as she comes from Albany, Oregon, and if 
Ray has anything to do with it, she will. 


How much longer Ray will work is still 
a question, but apparently he feels he has 
many aood years ahead of him, and judging 
from the fine job he is doing, they'll keep 
him as their director. This writer feels 
that he can safely say that if anybody 
wants to drop up to see Ray in his office, he 
or she will certainly get a glad hand. This 
writer speaks from^ experience along that 
line. So here's wishing you, Ray, much 
success and may you also have many more 
happy years to come. 

Murray C. O'Connor. 1929. 


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JUNE 1975 



Steve Lampfield 

Gerry Young 

Kevin Smith 

Miss Elizabeth Keblbek 

Chief Editor 

Associate Editor 

Sports Editor 

Faculty Advisor 

Lou Ann Lex 
Lenore Patterson 


Mr, Walter Evans 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


To the Faculty and Students: 

I wish to express my appreciation 
to both faculty and students of the 
high school for the cooperation they 
have given me m my efforts to provide 
constructive improvements and eliminate 
gaps and weaknesses in the fundamental 
operation of the high school program. 

I also would like to express my 
appreciation to the staff and the stu- 
dents of the elementary and the Deaf- 
Blind Department for their continued 
good work without as much support from me. 

I also would like to thank some 
organizations and agencies who have 
also been cooperative in working with me 
to get some long needed things done, 
namely: The Bureau for the Visually 
Handicapped, The Blind Merchants Guild, 
Overbrook Alumni, Pa. Federation of the 
Blind, and the Overbrook P.T.A. 

The last few weeks have been extreme- 
ly busy, hectic at times, but at the same 
time it has been satisfying and pleasur- 

L. E. Parmer 


James Graham 

The first and most important priority of 
the construction xs the new boiler room. It 
will have two big boilers and one small boiler. 
It is 85 percent complete^ These boilers will 
be run by gas. It will have an oil standby o 
There is a 25,000 gallon tank that has to be 
put in the ground » 

The second priority is the new, modern, 
up to date dining room^ There will be five 
dining rooms, four of which will be for the 
students and one for the staff o Each dining 
room has a capacity of sixty persons ^ The 
staff dining room will be cafeteria style. 
The students will be served the same as they 
are now. When the students come m there will 
be a waiting room with a brick floor and brick 
walls and a big overall south exposure. 

The dining rooms should be done in August 
and ready for use in September. It will have 
a central food system, but it will not be 
central dining. 

The Infirmary will be in Lions Hall, along 
with the dining room. It will have twelve 
beds and an apartment for the nurse. There will 
also be a waiting room and a dental office e 

The other thing that is going to be done 
is the construction of a new roof on the 
swimming pool. 

The last piece of work that will be done 
will be taking down the old smoke stack. 


Lenore Patterson 

March ftrh . Thursday, 1975: Juniors who wished 
to run for President made intentions known to 
president, Mr. Sharon Leacock. 

The candidates were Stanley Norwaczyk, Bill 
Soper? Tom Costanza, Gerry ^oung , Bob Ashbridge, 
and Georgia Dilbeck. 

March 12. Wednesday : Immediately after Chapel 
sil^IEe the SIX candidates gave speeches teli- 
mq of past extra curricular activities and 
other school and, or Student Council experiences. 

March 19, Wednesday: Last Speeches were made 
m Chapel by the Candidates. 

March 20, Thursday: Preliminary elections were 
h^rar-ctiiiii-^Brth through 12th grades voted for 
two of the six running? the names of the two 
winning candidates of each individual class 
were collected and the votes counted. Bob 
Ashbridge and Tom Costanza were the winners. 

April 1, Tuesday: The official campaign began. 

Aoril 9. Wednesday: A rally was held for each 
^MTMtrr^^SU^FIKg two representatives one tor 
each candidate, from each class, 6th through 
12th grades, who spoke in favor of their 

April 10, Thursday: A dinner dance was held, 
ifonsored by the Student Council, m honor of 
the two running candidates. At the dinner 

Sharon Leacock announced the future presi- 
dent: Bob Ashbridge. 



Lenore Patterson 


On Sunday^ April 13^ sixteen seniors 
and their two class advisors left for Tamiment 
Resort and the class trip to the Poconos. 
Classmates were buzzing with anticipation^ 
eager to get on with the long- awaited trip. 

Upon entering the hotel , we were im- 
pressed with the plush pink armchairs. We 
marveled at the beauty of each room. Steve 
Lampfield and Rod Powell intend to become 
millionaires and have just such a home to 
live m. 

We had wanted to avoid the Overbrook 
class trip tradition and the winter sports. 
There was indoor swimming, tennis, basketball, 
golf, mini-golf, pool and other interesting 
games. Many of us were fascinated with the 
number of interesting game machines there 
were, and having discovered that there would 
be no horse-back riding or canoeing, we instead- 
at least for a while -- settled for air hocky 
and ping-pong. 

One of our funnier experiences — it was 
funny at the time — ■ was walking out eagerly 
into the fierce wind toward the tennis, golf. 


and basketball area to play and then having 
to walk all the way back to the desk: We d 
forgotten our equipment. 

We enioyed delicious meals and the 
company of' a jovial waitress. A^^er Sunday 
supper there was a show starring a psychic 

We all had a wonderful time, joking with 
the waitress, playing "Pig" and sitting in the 
trLquil woods. And on Monday noon, sixteen 
exhausted but quite satisfied seniors and rheir 
Idvisors reluctantly left Tamiment Resort with 
post cards and souvenirs. 


The week of the 13th was a busy one for 
the senior Class. On that Thursday they and 
their advisors enjoyed a dinner at The 
Williamson Restaurant m the Presidential 
Apartments with members of the alumni There 
was fruit cup, turkey, cole slaw, and delicious 
green beans, plus nuts and rainbow sherbet 
but the most interesting course of the meal 
waS the snapper soup (with Sherry if you pre- 
f erred it.) ' 

After dinner everyone stood and introduced 
himself, with the seniors telling of their 

future intentions and the ^l^'^^^J^^^^^^.e^t 
reminiscing past experiences. The president 

and vice-president of the class received 
presents from the alumni o 

It was a very friendly gathering^ and 
I*m sure that many seniors are convinced 
to join the alumni « 

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Fran Cunha 

Mrse Hollingsworth first worked in a 
child guidance clinic where she counselled 
children and tiieir parents and helped 
children with their school adjustments 

Next she worked in a community program 
providing rehabilitation services to former 
psychiatric patients, including social pro- 
grams, counselling, half way house residence^ 
and vocation rehabilitation and placement 

Mrse Hollingsworth has AeB. and McS^S. 
degrees from Bryn Mawr College where most 
recently she taught social work to graduate 

Now at Overbrook, Mrs. Hollingsworth is ".*: 

the director of student services. Her job ^ 

is to develop services and programs which 
will help students, their families^ and the I 

Overbrook staff work together to help students 
grow, develop, learn, and be happy to the 
maximum of each student *s potential. .' 

In order for her to do this it's import- 
ant that she get to know each and every mem- 
ber of the Overbrook family* She is eager 
for our ideas and suggestions. Thus she is. also 


available to help us students with our per- 
sonal problems. So drop by and say hello 
when you get time. 

Mrs. Hollingsworth is married and has 
two children, ages 13 and almost 12. As a 
family they enDoy camping, traveling, visiting 
friends, sightseeing, and swimming. 

She likes to cook, play duplicate bridge, 
do handicrafts, and attend the theater. 



I once rode a raft which took me far across the 

The^waters were calm there on the scarlet sea. 
There was nothing m sight but my raft and me. 

Darkness enclosed us very soon, and there was 
nothing in sight but the glow of the moon. 

Sometime after I awoke for the day, I saw a 
great land not far away. 

The winds were so gentle and the ocean so calm 
and the currents just right, as they bore us 
along. The sun was shining, glowing so warm, 
and there were no clouds around to create 
any storm. 

We drifted closer, and 1 could see nice sandy 
beaches, and a few palm trees. The raft got 
closer as she drifted some more. I was getting 
?eady to jump to the shore, when the tide pulled 
us back away once more. Off to the sea we 
drifted again, where I and my raft met our 
final end. 

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12th Grade 

4th Grade 

Steven Lampfield 

Michael Miskiv ^^^^ Hertzog 

11th Grade . 

Georgia Dilbeck 
Dale Jarrett 
Lou Ann Lex 
Stanley Nowaczyk 
Gerald Young 

IQth Grade 

Deborah Selig 

9th Grade 

Brian McElvaney 
Thomas Smith 

8th Grade 

7th Grade 

Marie Brogan 
6th Grade 

Deborah Brown 
5th Grade 

Karen Metzner 
Lindy Morelli 
Joan Spudis 


3rd Quarter 


Donald Balonis 
Chris Clark 
Mike Patterson 


Robert Ashbridge 
Thomas Costanza 
Fran Cunha 


Patricia Cooper 
Raymond Leonardo 


Hallie King 
Cynthia Neurell 
Robert Rider 
Gregory Seitz 
Stefan Slucki 


Anthony Ballou 
George Miller 
John Robinson 
Stephanie Varner 


Bryant Christian 
Christopher Faber 
Michael O'Donnell 
Thomas Spence 
Michael Stewart 
Carolyn Dougherty 
Vonda Sue Hoffman 


Faye Wagner 


Carmella Lovitt 
Karl Slouch 


Tina Martin 
Michael Rider 



BALONIS, Donald 


CLARK, J, Christian 
.DIX^ James 
GORDON, Winifred 
LEACOCK, Sharon 
MISKIV, Michael 

MORGAN, Daisy 

MURRAY, Darlene 

POWELL, Rodney 
SMALL, Tyrone 
SMITH, Kevin 

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Gerry Young 


That is certainly true as far as the 
Overbrook Senior Chorus is concerned. On 
March 11, they performed at Upper Darby High 
School, and were warmly received. 

A small ensemble group, whose members make 
up about half the Chorus, performed at White 
Marsh Country Club, April 19. The group fea- 
tured soloists Tyrone Small and Sharon Leacock. 
Again, they were well received. 

The Chorus has many things planned, in- 
cluding an engagement in Lancaster in May, 
and the traditional Commencement performance 
on June 13. The entire Senior Chorus wishes 
everyone a happy and restful summer. 


MUSIC NEWS - continued 


In keeping with the times, as far as 
music is concerned, Overbrook • s Band has added 
Scott Jopplin's "The Entertainer" to their 
list of songs o 

The band will be performing at The Spring 
Concert, which is Tuesday, May 20, and they 
will also perform at the Bellevue Stratford 
Hotel on May 29, This is the first outside 
performance for many of the members, and it 
will be a new experience for them as a group. 
The Band hopes you have a pleasant summer. 



Agnes Duthill 
Sixth Grade 

Spring is here. Spring is here 

flowers are blooming everywhere, 

the birds are singing, I' 

children are playing, 

because spring is here again. ' 

Smell the roses and the clover, 

isn't it the air 

or the fairs 

tells that it is spring again. 

isn't it the air I* 

or the fairs 




Again this year the Alumni Association 
of the Overbrook School for The Blind gave 
a trophy to the outstanding arhlete of the 
EAAB Track Tournament, which was held at 
Overbrook on May 10th, 1975. This trophy has 
been given for the last several years by the 
Alumni Association. It goes to the individ- 
ual student, not the school he represents. 
The outstanding athlete is chosen by a vote 
of the coaches of the participating schools. 
Usually it is the person who has won the most 
points or an athlete who has achieved un- 
usually high scores m several events. The 
winner m 19 7 4 was Perez from New York 

Lou Ann Lex 

After the vjrestling season ended, the^ 
elementary students began practicing for the 
Mighty Mite tournament, which was held 
Friday, February 2 8th. 

The girls cheered in two teams. The 
girls who cheered on the Red Team were ^ 
Carolyn Doughtery, Faye Wagner, Karen Metzner, 
Priscilla Gardner, Penny Carter, Michele 

Zimmaro; Stacy Fisher, and Sheila Gunthero 
The two girls that assisted with the Red 
Team were Linda Hardy and Patty Cooper, 
The girls on the White Team were Agnes 
Dutill, Joanie Spudis, Licinda Morelli, 
Debbie Brown, Shari Weller and Sue Hoffman. 
The two assistants for the White Team were 
Donna Brown and Lou Ann Lex. The head coach 
was Miss Her rick. 

All of the cheerleaders did an excellent 



by - _■. ^ ■■ ■ 

Kevin Smith "' ' ' ■ 

On February 2 8th, the Mighty Mites held 
their annual v>7restling tournament for the 

benefit of the Heart Fund. . ■ • 

There was a new wrinkle added to the 
tournament this year. This was a new trophy 
given to the outstanding wrestler of the 
tournaments The first recipient of this 
trophy was Earl Young, I predict that Earl 
will be a very good wrestler in the f uture « 

The White Team was coached by Go Richardson ^ 

and T. Castanza, and the Red Team was coached , 

by D, Jarrett. J. Watson, and So Lampfield. 
The referees during the tournament were 

L, Johnson, B. Ashbridge, and K. Smiths , 


Oh^ by the way, the White team was victor- 
ious. Maybe next year the Red Team will win^ 



Lou Ann Lex 

A popular sport around school is bow- 
ling. Soon after Christmas vacation we 
had tryouts for the teams « There are teams 
for 7th through 12th grades. 

Each team consists of 5 members, 2 of 
which must be totally blind. 

Each team plays all of the other 
teams once. The following are the final 
scores of the teams and the place they 
finished in. 

1st Seniors 

2nd Juniors 

3rd Freshmen 

4th Sophomore 

5th 8th Grade 

6th 7th Grade 


The two teams with the highest score 
at the end of this part of the tourna- 
ment play each other in the play offs. 
This year the juniors played the seniors. 
The seniors won the tournament with two 
out of three games. 

The members of the senior team were 
Kevin Smith, Michael Patterson, Steve 
Lampfield, Tyrone Small, and Rodney Powell 


Steve Lampfield, a senior, had the 
highest average. Tony Lewis, a junior, 
had the highest average among blind 
bowlers and Cynthia Neurell, a freshman 
had the highest girls' average. 




Mrs. Drover's 
History and Government Classes 

This year in American history and 
American government some of the students 
came up with several puns having to do 
with class work« 

The supreme court--the big 32 fluid ounce 
size (Here come da Jug) . 

A man laid off from a Swiss watch-making 
company applied for unemployment checks 
which made up for lost time. 

Propaganda — ^a well dressed well-mannered 
g oose from NY^ 

Did the congressman play a role in the 
interstate commerce act? 

Inflation provides food for thought — and 
takes it out of our mouths » 

My folks are in the iron & steel business 
— she irons and he steels. 

"Extradition? More news papers." 


Struck me as being sinister and sig- 

The action was set in New York. 
They tied up a crewman and left him on 
the sidewalk to see who would help him. 
Though he shouted and asked for help, 
people DUSt went by or crossed the street. 
Nobody helped him for two hours I He 
just lay there until a fellow crewman 
came and helped him out. 

What conclusions can be drawn from 
these two incidents? 

I feel that there is a dying race of 
people who do care about others I These 
people are sadly being out-numbered by 
the "save my own skin" type of person today « 
This is a sad and tragic development. 

I do think that this trend will not 
continue for very much longer; at least 
I hope it won't: I think that if we all 
pull together, then we can beat It. 


Mr. Walter Evans 

Greetings, fellow members and friends, 
wherever you may be. As this column is 
being assembled on April 27 to meet the 
May 2 deadline we're reminded that if 
your news item is not included in this 
issue, it is because you, the reader, did 
not take the time to send it to us. We 
cannot emphasize too strongly that this 

is everybody's column and will be as 
good and as newsy as you help us to make 


The mid-winter social was held on 
Saturday, Feb^ 22. During the afternoon, 
several committees held seperate meetings. 
This was followed by a general meeting of 
all board and committee members with Presi- 
dent, Lucy Boyle, presiding. All committee 
chairpersons reported. Of interest is 
the fact that Alumni has been active „ We 
have sponsored several cottage parties 
for those remaining at the school over 
week ends. We have provided trophies 
for winners in interscholastic events. 
We have also provided gifts to retiring 

The evening's program in the audi- 
torium was highlighted by remarks by 
Director, David Olson. In addition to 
the usual greetings, he told us that 
much construction work is now in progress. 
Included are new kitchen and dining 
facilities, a new infirmary, and a new 
boiler house. 

Entertainment was provided by the 
St. Maria Goretta Girls' Chorus. Some 
32 of a total of 70 members came to 
Overbrook, in the charge of 3 Nuns* 
This group rendered several vocal and 
instrumental numbers. At the close of 
the program, refreshments were served 
to our visiting entertainers in the 
rotunda. Here members had an opportun- 
ity to visit informally with these whole- 
some young ambassadors of one of Phila- 
delphia's Girls' Parochial Schools. 


In suiTunary, the mid-winter's pro- 
gram was a success. The luncheon served 
in the boys' dining room, under the gen- 
eral supervision of Rose Narduci, Joe 
Cicala and his committee, was delicious. 
The day was warm and sunny. However, 
the departure of those who remained at 
the school over night was marred by a 
heavy rain. 


In case you don't already know, 
the Alumni Association now has a fund 
from which it is possible to obtain a 
loan, and even possible to obtain a 
grant. Needy persons may apply for aid 
for a worthy purpose. Both students of 
Overbrook and former students are eli- 
gible to apply. Aid from this fund is 
also available to zhe Alumni Association 
for specific projects. No definite 
guide lines have been formulated. If 
a reader feels aid from this fund would 
meet a pressing need you should contact 
Sebastian Demanop, who is chairman of 
the committee supervising this fund, 


Arthur Segal has been appointed to 
the Board of Managers of the Overbrook 
School. In December of 1974 Alumni 
President, Lucy Boyle, was advised that 
a vacancy existed on the Board of Mana- 
gers to be filled by a representative of 
the Alumni Association* A special 
meeting of the Alumni's Executive Board 
was held in January of 1975 at which 
Art was chosen to fill this vacancy. 
Art attended his first meeting of Over- 
brook's Board of Managers in March, 


Congratulations, Art ^ both on your 
choice as an Alumni representative, 
and on your greater opportunity for 
service to Overbrook* 


Both Joanne McDonald and Kathleen 
Marino are employed by one of the Girard 
Banks m Philadelphia, Both began work 
right after graduation and are employed 
in the secretarial section « Richard 
Patterson is a freshman at Philadelphia 
Community College where he is studying 
communications o Randolph Rudy is em-, 
ployed in an office. However, we are not 
certain where ^ but we do know that his 
position is covered by Civil Service c 
William (Bill) Thomas, after attending 
International Academy of Law in Pitts- 
burgh, is employed as a security guards 
James Wagner is studying transcription 
at Goodwin Business Institute in Pitts- . 
burghs Susan Ayoub is also attending 
Goodwin Business Institute, Marian 
Stankiewicz is attending Immaculata 
College where she is majoring in Spanish, 
Harris Bernheim is doing the work of a 
Cantor, , . . 

At the time of our inquiry we were 
not able to obtain information on the 
post graduate activities of Robert 
Boyer, Deborah Gerhard, Francis Furey , 
Sheila Kearney, Jerry Kindig, Russell 
Klaiss, Manuel Louro, Louis McCarthy, 
Tenora Null, Robert Rice, Edward Sites, 
and Steven Stroud. To these, we say, "if 
you read this column, please let us hear 
from you" . Or if anyone can enlighten 
us on these persons, please pass the 


information along and we shall see 
that it is included in a future column. 


Some of you may remember David 
Hartman who came to Overbrook in 195 8 
and left in 1963 to complete his educa- 
tion in public school. Dave lived 
in Havertown at the time he attended 
Overbrook. After graduating from 
high school Dave went on to earn a 
Bachelor's degree from Gettysburg 
College and is now attending Temple 
University Medical School where we 
understand he is doing extremely well. 
He hopes to eventually specialize in 
Psychiatry. Dave's achieving admis- 
sion to medical school was the sub- 
ject of a documentary shown nationwide 
on the N.B.C. TV Network on prime time, 
Tuesday evening, Feb. 25, 1975. 

Fred J. Berberich, Jr. of 608 E. 
Wall St. Milton has operated a con- 
cession stand at the Milton Shoe Co. 
for 13 years. In addition to dispen- 
sing the usual cafeteria items, Fred has 
been known to feature a turkey dinner. 
Recently the management of Milton Shoe 
decided to produce a training film on 
customer relations for use by their 
retail store personnel. When the film 
crew was working at Milton Shoe they 
patronized Fred's stand. So well were 
they pleased with Fred's courteous 
treatment that they not only thanked 
him when they left, but followed up 
with a gift of a braille watch. 


Carl Shoemaker continues to 
add honors to his long and distinguished 
career both as Executive Director of 
the Juniata Branch of P. A. Bo and as 

Director of Beacon Lodge familiar to 

so many of uSe When Carl made a speech 
recently the media's report was an up 
date of the profile which appeared m 
this column several years ago., The 
branch which Carl founded m 194 5 is 
now 3 years old and has been twice 
expanded. And when the writer talked 
with Carl recently he said that there 
are plans to add still another addition 
to his headquarters bldg. Carl con- 
tinues to improve the facilities at 
Beacon Lodge. This year has seen the 
addition of a Medical Bldgo with -nurse's 
quarters and infirmary accomodations., 
Beacon Lodge is now 2 7 years old. Carl 
has been a Lion for 2 8 years and at pres- 
ent is President of the Lewis^own Lions 

Fred Barkovich^ instructor m Mobil- 
ity at Overbrook has nov/- been giving 
some mobility instruction to selected 
students m the deaf --blind dept^ 

Harry Bassler has recently recei- 
ved a promotion at Girard Bank where he 
is employed. He is now a Sr. computer 

Gary Smith, class of 1953 is employ- 
ed by the Denny Reybern Tag Co« of 
West Chester, 

Theresa (Gorman) Miller is regular- 
ly employed as a teacher m Overbrook 's 
elementary schools, Her class room is 
in the new primary Bldg, which also 
houses the deaf-blind dept. 


Nancy Walker is a sophomore at 
Mercer College, Trenton, N^Je on a 
basic opportunity grant, which is a 
type of Federal Scholarship, 

Marie (King) Munis is recording 
secretary to the Advisory Committee 
for Family Services of Wilmington, Del, 

In a previous column we reported 
the retirement of Bill and Louella 
Murray from their positions with the 
York, Pa. Blind Center ^ The Murray s 
had planned to locate m Pittsburgh, 
However, they have had a change of 
plans and have decided to live in re- 
tirement in Yorke Louella is still 
convalescing from ma^or surgery. 

Lisa Shiffler, who spent 7 years 
at the Western Pa. School for Blind 
Children in Pittsburgh, the years 
of 1964 and 1965 at Overbrook and 
completed her high school at the Upper 
Darby, Pa, High School, now works 
on the Mayor's program for the Handi- 
capped which IS housed at the Nevil 

Jay Doudna of the Radio Informa- 
tion Center for the Blind attended a 
conference related to the operation of 
the station at the American Printing 
House for the Blind in Louisville in 
February. Bill McDonald is in charge 
of programming at this station and 
also does his part at manning the 

On Dec, 7y 1974 Donna Berninger 
announced her engagement to Mr. Emory 
Lowe, an aeronautical engineer. Donna 



is employed in the Appellate divi- 
sion of the U.S. Internal Revenue 

Russell and Anna Louise (Kane) 
Tone are the parents of a son^ Russell 
Jr^ f born in January of this yeare 

Our Secretary - Treasurer, Leroy 
Price ^ has been ill for several weeks 
requiring a period of hospitalizatione 
He returned to work April 28a 
Dorothy DlGeralimo broke her leg 
early this yearo We also under- 
stand that Jesse Amadio has been ill « 

Murray O'Connor, who can always be 
counted on to come up with an anecdote^ 
tells the following: He had several 
telescopic canes in need of repair, so 
he decided to take them to the Founda- 
tion while in New York for other reasons 
Needing a cane, he purchased a new 
telescopic model which promptly fell 
apart the first time he used it. 

Walter Evans was involved in an 
accident while enroute to attend the 
mid-winter social when the multiple 
unit coach in which he was riding 
struck a truck and derailed e'ast of 
LSlncaster« Walter tells us he has 
been quite active since retirement. 
He is now a member of the Board of 
the Blair--Centre Branch of P«A.B. 
headquartered in Altoona where he 
serves on the Social Service and 
Prevention of Blindness committees. 


Two of our number have passed from 
this life recently. Loretta (Lathan) 
Barber died Feb. 19 and Joseph Dutko on 
April 4. We extend our sympathy to those 
who mourn Loretta ' s passing, and also to 
the family of Joe Dutko; and especially 
to Joe's wife, Thelma (Sharp) Dutko who 
for years has been an active member of 
our association. 

The Publicity Committee; Donna 
Berninger, Marian Stankiewicz, Robert 
Frack, Murray O'Connor, Robert Garrett, Jr., 
and Walter Evans, Chairman, 504 E^ Walton 
Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16602 


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Gerry Young Chief Editor 

Jim Graham . Associate Editor 

Tom Costanza Sports Editor 

Miss Elizabeth Keblbek Faculty Advisor 

Lou Ann Lex 


COVER DESIGN Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


Nearly anytime the faculty, students, 
alumni and related agencies have an occasion 
to speak to me about Overbrook, the question, 
nine out of ten times, is: "What are you doing 
new at vOverbrook this year?" 

Sometimes, I think we can stretch our pro- 
gram a little too thin by always adding new pro- 
grams. However, even though we have a few new 
twists this school year, at least my main 
philosophy for Overbrook School for the Blind 
this year is to try to do some of the old things 
better. Therefore", let us say we are stressing 
the fundamentals of arithmetic, reading, grammar, 
social skills, mobility, etc. 

Beyond the foregoing stresses, we are ex- 
panding our social skills program, work-study 
program and cpticon program; however, again, 
these are not new programs, but more emphasis 
are to be put on them. In other issues, articles 
will appear showing m.ore fully these programs. 

In the way of our staff, besides the new 
faculty and house- parents, we have added a full 
time Psychologist which should be a great help 
to the students and faculty. 

I hope I can receive during this school 
year of 1975-76 the same good cooperation from 
the students, staff, alumni and related agencies 
such as the Pennsylvania Federation of the Blind, 
the Blind Merchants Guild, and the Bureau for 
the Visually Handicapped as I received during 
the last school year. 

Have a Good Year I 

L. E. Parmer 
Vice Principal 


Gerald Young ^ Editor 

During this past summer^ a new dining comp- 
lex for school personnel and students was built « 
This building, which is situated across from 
Nevil Center, consists of five dining rooms and 
a kitchen facility; Four of these, Locuson , 
Arthur^ Narducci and Kerr are used by students. 
The other one ( Elder )"Ts~°used by the school per- 
sonnel and features cafeteria style dining. 

Kerr dining room is used to teach students 
proper etiquette, and the importance of proper 
manners o Students from grades four through 
twelve are involved in this program. jMrs « Mildred 
Bender, who supervises and teaches the students 
in Kerr dining room , is assisted by three 
houseparents. There are eight tables with 
eight students at each table ^ 

The length of time spent in Kerr depends 
on how well the individual student performs. 
The minimum stay for a student is six weeks. 

After a student is graduated from Kerr, he 
is sent to another room, where periodical checks 
are made to see if a student is using what he 
has learned. 

It is a very good thing that Overbrook has an 
etiquette room. However, I strongly feel that if 
a student needs help before he is sent to Kerr, 
the houseparents should try to help him with 
his particular problem^ 


(Mro Olson was interviewed by Bernard 
Buckles and Michael Dunkelberger and the 
material was put together as a joint effort 
by the sixth grade.) 

Mro David W. Olson was born April 11/ 1916 
at Burr Oak, Kansas. He attended elementary 
and high school at Elsmore, Kansas. After 
hiqh school Mr. Olson attended lola Junior 
College, Kansas State College and the University 
of Illinois. 

He has four brothers. 

Before coming to Overbrook Mr. Olson was ^ 
a teacher, principal and superintendent at five 
different schools. This lasted for twenty- 
eight years. 

Mr. Olson has been at Overbrook for eleven 
years. When asked if he enjoyed his stay at ^^ 
Overbrook our director answered "by all means . 

His wife, Mrs. Marian Olson^has been work- 
ing at our school as an assistant librarian. 

The Olsons have two daughters, Martha and 
Janet. Martha teaches at the Indiana School 
for the Blind, and Janet teaches at the Kansas 
School for the Blind. 

Daughter Martha is the mother of the Olson's 
only grandson, Eric, who is three years old. 

We learned that Mr^ Olson's hobbies are 
outdoor activities and as for playing cards ^ 
he enjoys bridge* But most of all he likes 
farming e 

After retirement Mr, and Mrso Olson plan 
to move to their farm in Edwardsville ^ Kansas c 

Mre Olson modernized all parts of our 
school o Along with good educational equipment, 
Mro Olson has made our living arrangement 
our home away from home^ 



Judy Williams 


Dre Gingrich is a native of North Carolina 
but lived in Nashville, Tennessee before be- 
coming a Yankee* She has studied Psychology 
at George Peabody College where several Overbrook 
teachers have also been* 

Dro Gingrich enjoys reading (especially 
books in the field of Psychology)^ plays, all 
kinds of music and dancing. She also enjoys 
playing Bridge and gazing at the ocean, (not 
at the same time) , Her other pleasures are 
raising plants. Her speciality is Avocado trees. 


and she has a cat named Map-se-Tung who enjoys 
eating them. 

Dr. Gingrich has a daughter studying drama 
at the University of Georgia, and a son who 
is manager of a Blue Grass music group, who lives 
on a farm in northern Vermont. When she has 
time, she enjoys traveling to warm climates. 
Her favorite country was Spain, and she also likes 
the warm climate provided by the people here 
at Overbrook. 




James Graham 

MR. KALINA , who teaches math, is one of 
our new teachers. He lives in Philadelphia 
and is from Arizona « He attended Arizona State, 
where he got his BA degree. He also attended 
the University of Arizona where he got his 
Masters degree « Mr. Kalina taught at Arizona 
State School for the Deaf and Blind. He says 
he likes teaching here. His hobbies are cards 
and all sports. 

MISS MUNRO is a new teacher at Overbrook 
this"7earT~The teaches typing. Miss Munro 
lives in Bucks County, Pa, Born in Philadelphia, 
she attended Bloomsburgh State College, where 
she got her BS degree in Business Education. 
She did graduate work at Elmira College o 

She says it is nice teaching at Overbrook. 
Before coming to Overbrook, she taught in up- 
state New York for two years. 


Her hobbies are sewing^ camping, traveling^ 
reading^ sports and backgammon. 

MRS^e^CORMITT is one of our new teachers 
at Overbrook thTs year^ She teaches science ^ 
Mrs. Corbett is from Tawanda, Pa. She was 
born there ^. lived there all of her life and 
went to high school there o Her first two years 
she attended Sullxns Junior College for Girls 
m Bristol^ Virginia c The then transferred 
over to Penn State University her last two 
years o She taught in Mansfield^ Pa-, before 
coming here. Her hobbies are sports^ par- 
ticularly snow skiing^ and horseback riding. 
She also likes crewel workc 

Lou Ann Lex 

This year our Girls' Track Team had two 
meets and a Tournament o 

Our first one was a 3 way meet with New 
York Institute and Oakhill of Connecticut c The 
meet was held at New York^ Thursday, October 2o 
The final scores were New York Institute 26, 
Oakhill 41 and Overbrook 52. 

The following day we drove to Massachusetts 
for a m.eet with Perkins o That meet was held 
Saturday, October 4, We were also victorious 
in that meet. The final score was Perkins 49, 
Overbrook 82 „ 

The following weekend, October 11, we 
went back to New York Institute for the 
E.A.A.B. track tournament. This time we didn't 
do as well. We took 5th place. We had a total 
of 17 points. Our best events were the jumps. 
We also placed in some of the dashes and the 
440 Tandem. 

First place went to North Carolina. 

It is my opinion that we had a good season, 
even though we didn't do well in the tournament. 


Gerry Young 

The Overbrook Band says "Welcome to another 
school year" , with their first performance on 
Parents' Day, October 23, in the Overbrook 
Auditorium. Mr» Bonaccorso is very optimistic 
about this year's goup. They will be doing 
"Soleful Strut", and a march. There will also 
be a few instrumental solos « 

Later in the year, the band will perform 
at the Spring Concert. 

The Senior Chorus will be doing a lot of 
things this year. 

A small group from the Chorus, consisting 
of the Girls' Trio, and a mixed quartet, per- 
formed for the Overbrook Women's club on 
October 9.. A good time was had by everyone. 


The Chorus will also be performing on 
Parents' Day. Miss Deraco says that it is too 
early to tell how good the chorus v/ill be ^ 
since there are so many new members^ but she 

believes that this year will be a successful 
year for the Senior Chorus. 


Leonard Johnson 


The Boy Scouts ^ sponsored by Mr. Harbage^ 
is one of the main clubs that has been around 
the school for a long time. It has been started 
again this year and has obtained some new mem- 
bers; Also some of the old members have come 
back to join the troop » 

The scouts are having their Peanut Crunch 
sale again this year^ and the price is $1,00 
a cano 

They also went on a camporee to North 
Carolina the weekend of October 17-19^ and 
returned v;ith a blue ribbon for first award e 


The Handwriting club, sponsored by 
Mrs. Coste; is basicly to teach blind students 
how to handwrite, In the first meeting they 
learned the basic stroke of handwriting, 
and they also learned four letters of the 


Mrs. Coste is very happy about the hand- 
writing club and working with the students 


The Chess Club, which is sponsored by 
Mre David Sheaf fer, is a club that has just 
started last year. It started again this 
year and has come along very well with all 
of the new members it now hasc 

The club IS really a place to learn 
how to play chess: the moves, tactics, and 
the excitement of the game. 

Meeting along with the chess club is a 
new bridge club,, v/here students will learn 
how to play bridge o 



Judy Williams 

RO'Om 13 3 East 

Mrs. Lindquist^-Teacher 
Mrs, Golden--Aide 

In our room, we are part of the program 
at Nevil Center. We work on pre-readiness 
skills; matching y colors, numbers. We work 
on dressing ourselves independently, and we 
learn sign language so we can communicate. 
We go over to Nevil Center for our arts and 


crafts period, our cooking period and to use 

the multi-purpose rooirie 

6th Grade 

Miss White -- Teacher 

The 6-B section of 6 grade has eight mem- 
bers « At present^ we are looking forward to 
our field trip"-"-a visit to Lancaster County o 
On Wednesday^ October- 15^ we will visit the 
Amish Farm, and house ^ 

This farm is a working farm but the house 
has been made into a museum ^ We will be able 
to learn how the Lancaster County Amish lived 
many years ago ^ and m fact, how many of them 
still live today. 

Mrs« Nardella will be our driver, and we 
are looking forward to a pleasant dayo 


Judy Williams 

Mrs» Miller's Class , 

In their class the students went for a trolley 
ride. Some of them never had gone on one be- 
fore, and it was quite a lot of fun^ They are 
also getting ready for Halloween by putting up 

decorations and are looking forward to the Hallo- 
ween parade m schools 

Mrs, Morgan ^ s Class 

This class is learning songs about Halloween 
and plan to carve pumpkins for their room. Their 
class also has a student teacher, Miss Jones, 


who is from Kutztown State College and is 
enjoying her stay at Overbrook. 

* * * 

Gerry Young 

Although the school year had started only 
one month ago, the Deaf -Blind Department has 
done many exciting things. 

They have taken many trips, such as a 
fishing trip, where nothing was caught except 
a couple of colds, a chance to see a horse van, 
and ride horses, and many other trips o 

A bagpiper also came to play for the 
children. They, (the children) had a chance 
to see a bagpipe, and to also hear the shrill 
sounds of the pipe. Everyone, including the 
staff, enjoyed the afternoon immensely. 

They will be having a Halloween Party on 
October 31 » I shall cover that in my next issue 

The Deaf-Blind Department extends its best 
wishes for a Merry Christmas, and a most happy 
New Year. 




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Chris Clark 

Everybody's friend Santa Ciaus, everybody 
seems to love him. Santa Claus is for the little 
children; Santa Claus is what jingle bells were 
made for; even stars and pine trees were made 
for Santa Claus, I am really glad that there 
is a Santa Claus when I stop and think how many 
reindeer would be on unemployment if there 
wasn't one. Somehow 1 just can't picture a 
reindeer collecting a welfare check. 

Lately I think that Santa Claus has been 
having problems making his annual visit to each 
house. In my neighborhood the houses don't 
have fire places, and that makes it a little 
bit harder" to gain entry into the house from 
the roof. It must shake Santa up to slide 
down a chimney and land on a fake fire. I 
would also like to know how many letters he 
gets from people that would like him to pay 
the bill for having the imprints of two sled 
runners and thirty two hoof prints removed 
from their roofs. 

Santa Claus brings the children some wonder- 
ful battery operated toys with all of their 
directions written in Japanese, which parents 
must love. Most of these toys are designed 
to break after the first tv70 hours of use. I 
personally feel that Santa Claus is a dirty 
old man; nobody can slide up and down chimneys 
in a red suit without getting dirty. 

Rodger Simmons 

The class of 1970 held their five-year 

reunion on the evening of Friday, June 13th. 
Sixteen attended the reunion which was held 
at San Marco's on City Line Aveo All enjoyed 
good conversation and a meal with the main 
course being Veal ParmegianOe 

Due to the success of this reunion, there 
is already talk of another in five years. 

Other classes should try it! 

******' ' ' _ ■ 



Walter Evans 

(Writer's note: In presenting this profile 
we wish to express cur appreciation to Cathrme 
Deraco for passing along to us a news release 

which, together with a telephone chat with Bill, 
provided the information) . 

Bill Vinchofsky's life began like any other 
healthy normal boy's. Born in Mahanoy City he 
attended elementary school and was in secondary 
school when things changed for him. As a result 
of a firecracker accident irreversible damage 
was done to his vision. He was a patient at 
Wills Hospital Philadelphia from Nov. 17, 1930 
to March 29, 1931, Bill left public school in 


this year. Then followed two years of fruit- 
less visits to doctors in Philadelphia and in 
New York. Finally came the news rhat nothing 
could be done to restore his vision. 

Being at a loss as to future plans to com- 
plete his education^ Bill consulted his pastor. 
Father P.C. Chesna who assisted in his enroll- 
ment at Overbrook. Bill came to this school 
in January of 1933 and graduated in June of 1935. 
Then followed a visit to Morristown, N.J. where 
he spent a month and trained with a Seeing Eye 
dog guide. 

Things moved swiftly for Bill that summer. 
He was contacted by Miss Elizabeth Hutchinson, 
Blind Industries Advisor on the staff of what 
was then known as the State Council for the 
Blind. She wished to know if he would be in- 
terested in operating his own business in the 
Schuylkill County Court House. At the same 
time she contacted the Pottsviile Lions Club 
to see if they would be willing to finance this 
venture. The Pottsviile Lions were more than 
willing to assist. So on Sept. 12, 1935 Bill's 
stand opened for business. 

Bill's venture was a success from the start. 
Within a year he was not only self supporting, 
but had repaid the Pottsviile Lions the funds 
advanced to him. So in 193 6 he was m.ade an 
honorary member of this club and given a cita- 
tion of merrit, and a braille watch for being 
on time with his payments. 

This was only the beginning of a life of 
involvement in Lionism, and of leadership in 
civic activities. His affilliation with the 
Pottsviile Lions Club continued for 9 years. 
On June 14, 1944 Bill became a charter member 


of the Mahanoy City Lions Club which he helped 
to organize. Since then he has not missed a 
meeting of this club. He has served as presi- 
dent of this club^ and for many years has served 

on its board of directors, 

BillVs involvement in Lionism has gone far ' 
beyond this point, however « He helped to organ- 
ize 7 other Lions Clubs in his area^ He has 
served as zone chairman^ as Deputy District 
Governor^ and finally as Governor of Lions 
District 14-K^ and for a time was given an as- 
signment as a special District deputy in serv- 
ice to the Blind. He is one of the two original 
founders of the North East Eye Bank which is 
a Lions sponsored project. Bill has received 
the Lion of the year awards- and many other ci- 
tations for his outstanding services from his 
district, from the State Association of Lions 
Clubs, and from Lions International « 

Bill has also served in other capacities. 
He is a past President of the Overbrook Alumni 
Association, He has served as a board member 
of Beacon Lodge Camp for the Blind. He has 
been chairman of the Mahanoy City Heart Fund 
Drive, and later chairman of the heart fund 
drive for Northern Schuylkill County « He is 
also interested in the Society for Crippled 
Children, which chose him as outstanding handi- 
capped person of Pennsylvania in 1968. 

Perhaps the high point in Bill's life of 
service to his fellow man came Oct. 6. A 
testimonial dinner was held m his honor at 
the Necho Allen Hotel in recognition for his 
forty years of service to the staff and public 
who patronize his stand in the Schuylkill 
County Court House. By official proclamation 
the Mayor of Pottsville designated Oct. 6 as 
"Bill Vinchofsky Day". He received a citation 


of merrit from the Schuylkill County Com- 
missioners « Among the messages of congrat- 
ulation was one from Congressman Yatron, and 
one from Milton Shapp, Governor of Pennsylvania. 

Bill says that his has been a good life, 
and he still enjoys living life to the full. 
He is so well known m Schuylkill County that 
a cheery hello greets him wherever he goes. 

Bill resides at 334 E. Market St., Mahanoy 
City. He attends St^ Joseph's Lithuanian 
Catholic Church where he is a member of the 
Holy Name Society. 

So may nothing but the best be yours, Bill, 
as you continue as Lion extraordinary; outstand- 
ing civic leader; and devoted Christian layman. 
And your fellow Oveibrookers wish to add their 
congratulations upon your reaching this special 
milestone in your life* 



Walter Evans 

In assuming the chairmanship of the Publi- 
city Committee, may I again appeal to all of 
you for your cooperation » This column will be 
as com.plete as all of you help us to make it. 
So if you know of a nev/s item, send it along. 
If it is of interest to the membership, it ^s 
news , 


Our June 1975 meeting was both lively and 
productive. We now have a member on the Over- 
brook School's Board of Managers, Art Segal, 

who had been given an interim appointment 
earlier by the Executive Committee^ was elected 
to continue in this capacity at our general 

Thelma Dutko v^as elected by the Alumni to 
membership on the Board of the Philadelphia 
Center for the Blinds However^ she resigned 
this appointment later in the summer due to ill 
health. A successor will be chosen for this 
position at the executive meeting to be held 

Oct. 18e 

The Alumni has established a Grants and 
Loan program. Members of the Association^ 
students and the school are eligible to apply 
for service under this program^ 

Although the over all Alumni events were 
a success, only 135 members and guests attended 
the banquet. Mr. Olson announced his resig- 
nation effective January 31, 1976. He said 
that all of his planned building program would 
be completed by that time. 

The officers for the 1975 — -76 term are: 
President Lucy Boyle, 1051 Edgemore Road, 
Philadelphia 19151; Vice President, Arthur 
Segal; Recorder, Harry Bassler; Secretary — 
Treasurer, Leroy Price, 1039 Franklin St, 
Williamsport, Pae 17701; Assistant, Mrs. Delores 
Coombs. Other members of the Executive Board 
are Catherine Pieczynski, Nancy Walker, Andy 
Lutter, Griff Robbins , Sebastian Demanop , and 
Joanne Davidoff, 

Again this year the Alumni Association 
presented a trophy to the outstanding athlete 
of the EAAB Track Tournaments The 1975 recipi- 
ent was John Hayes of West Virginia » 


The Alumni's annual dues will remain at 
one dollar c However, several classes of member- 
ship have been established which make it possi- 
ble for those who wish to give moreo And we 
may add that many of you have elected to do this. 

Sabastian Demanop reported rhat he and his 
wife had recently visited with former superm- 
tenden-c, Joseph Cauf fman^ who now resides at 
3702 Osford Aveo, Ocean City, N.J. 06226. He 
still maintains an interest in Overbrook and 
would appreciate hearing from his former stud- 

At the convention of the Pennsylvania 
Federation of the Blind held in Harrisburg the 
week end of Septem.ber 26, 27 and 28 Dr. Mae 
Davidow was reelected President; Carl Shoemaker 
and Dorothy DiGeralimo were elected to the 
Board of Directors; and Rita Drill will edit 
"We, the Blind", the Federation's publicationo 

The spring 1975 issue of "The Seer", the 
quarterly bulletin of the Pennsylvania 
Association for the Blind, carries an article 
on Carl Shoemaker praising his accomplishments 
both as Executive director of the Juniata Branch 
of P.A.B, and as coordinator of Beacon Lodge. 
In a conversation with Carl on Sept. 29 he said 
that the material for this article was taken 
from the profile which appeared a couple of 
years ago in the "Red & White" « 

Carl also stated that the 1975 camping 
season at Beacon Lodge was the most successful 
ever with 598 campers attending. And during 
his busiest week," 3 cots were placed in his 
office to accommodate the overflow crowds 

When Ralph Sterner of 624-^ Park St. 
Allentown paid his 1975-76 dues he included 


a letter noting that he had graduated from 
Overbrook in 1929^ and he then returned for post 
graduate work in music o Ralph has been tuning 
pianos for 42 years. He still plays the piano, 
the pipe organ, and the electronic organ; and 
still sings occasionally o Ralph said he doesn't 
get back to Alumni functions, to which we add, 
"why not come backc There are still a few of 
us around who would like to see you" . 

Barbara Deddo is now Mrs» Charles Ridley o 
This happy couple are both members of the Alumni 
and we offer our congratulations and wish them 
much happiness. 

Although many of our members like to travel, 
we only know of two for this issue* Russ Webber 
and his wife Agnes spent 17 days in Europe visit- 
ing England, Denmark, and Norway and stopping 
in the cities of London, Copenhagen, and Oslo 
and many other places of scenic or historic 

Arthur E. Copeland of 55 W. California Ave. 
Beach Haven, N.J. 08008 is looking for tape pals 
who wish to talk about work for and with the 
blind* He prefers cassette only. Since many 
Of us have this interest, why not drop Art a 

Our president Mrso Lucy Boyle, was hospita- 
lized for ten days for surgery on her hand to 
remove some foreign bone matter. Following her 
discharge her hand was in a cast for several 
weeks. She was two weeks late returning for 
work in September. However, she was her usual 
healthy self at the time of our fall executive 
meeting. Other members hospitalized during 
the summer were Thelma Dutko , Harry Bassler; 
and Luke Stauffer* We understand all have re- 


It is with sincere and heartfelt re- 
gret that we note the passing on August 1 
of Mrse Louella Murray, the devoted wife of our 
past president and active member. Bill Murray. 
Although Louella was convallessing from major 
surgery at the time of our 1975 mid v/inter 
social, her health deteriorated rapidly during 
the spring and summer when she was hospitalized 
three times » A memorial service was held for 
her in York, Pa. v/here the Murrays were living 
in retirement. Burial was in the Pittsburgh 
area. Although a graduate of the Western 
Pennsylvania School, Louella was so much a part 
of our social activities that we thought of her 
as our own. All of us join in an expression 
of sympathy to Bill at the time of this great 

Also our sympathies are extended to Mrs. 
Mildred Stokes, Stanley Plowa, and Murray 
O'Connor whose mothers passed away during 
the summer c 

The following article concerning Harry 
Charlesworth, class of 1970 appeared in a 
recent issue of the Braille Nonitor, the 
publication of the National Federation of the 
Blind. Harry has an unusual interest as this 
article will attest. 


One of the newest members of USPA (U.S. 
Parachute Association) is Harry Charlesworth, 
24, who made his first jump just a few months 
ago. It was all pretty routine. He had a good 
sail, beautiful canopy control and a parachute 
landing fall within twenty feet of the targets 
What made Harry Charlesworth' s initial jump 
exceptional is that the moving parachutist has 
been blind from birth. Thanks to USPA instruc- 
tor, Bernie Sayers, the challenge of how to 


teach a fellow who has never seen a parachute 
or an airplane was meto Charlesworth' s "eyes" 
would be a jumpmaster on the ground vjith a two- 
way radio « After ground school^ three or four 
dry runs, Charlesworth was ready and his first 
jump was better than average, the only thing 
different was when Harry was walking back to 
the packing area carrying his chute like a 
trophy all the spectators were giving him a 
spontaneous ovation. 

The publicity Committee i Mildred Stokes, 
Catherine Deraco, Robert Frack, Robert Garrett, 
Stella Fila, Daisy Morgan, Frances Andrews, 
Burton Gale, Helen Scherer^ and Walter Evans, 
Chairman, 504 Eo Walton Ave c , Altona, Pao 16602o 


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Gerry Young 
Jim Graham 
Tom Costanza 

Chief Editor 

Associate Editor 

Sports Editor 

Miss Elizabeth Keblbek Faculty Advisor 


Lou Ann Lex 


Mr. Walter Evans 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 

In recognition of his years of service 
in the education of the blind, and in appreci- 
ation of his many efforts on behalf of Over- 
brook School for the Blind, this issue of the 
Red & White is dedicated to Mr. David W, Olson 
upon his retirement as Overbrook ' s Director, 


Dear students and staff of Overbrook, 

After 11 years at Overbrook the time has 
come for me to make my last contribution to 
the Re d &_ White as your Director. 

As I look back on these years, I remember 
the anticipation and challenge that I felt 
when I arrived at Overbrook. If I were to re- 
main, I would still feel the same anticipation 
and challenge with which I started my work 

Many of the things that I hoped for have 
become a reality. The complete renovation 
of the physical school plant has been accomp- 
lished with the full cooperation of the Board 
of Managers and the expenditure of a great 
deal of money. I hope that students and staff 
have found these imprc5vements to be a source 
of pride in their school and a real help in ^ 
providing pleasant living and learning condi- 

The physical renovation has been the easi- 
est to accomplish. The real challenge has 
been in trying to bring together a well trained 
and dedicated staff who are able to interest, 
instruct and inspire students to use all of 
their capabilities in spite of their handicaps. 

If there is one bit of philosophy that I 
would like to leave with you, it is my belief 
that you should do your best no matter how 
menial the task or difficult the situation^ 
That is all we can do I 

Now^ I am looking forward to a new kind 
of life - one of spending much time out-of- 
doors. Perhaps^ you remember hearing that 
President Eisenhower, when he left the Presi- 
dency and retired to his farm near Gettysburg, 
said that he wanted to leave a small part of 
this earth better than he found it, I have 
a similar wish for our acreage near Kansas 

Please accept my very best wishes to all 
of you for a happy and productive life. 

David W. Olson ^ Director 


Gerald Young 

With the retirement of Overbrook School's 
present director, David W. Olson, the Board 
of Directors has chosen Dr. Joseph Kerr, a 
former teacher at Overbrook, to be the new 
school director. 

Dr. Kerr taught at Overbrook for three 
years, teaching both high school and elemen- 
tary children.^ He then went to the Radnor 
School District, in which he taught for five 


After leaving Radnor, he went to Lower 
Merion, and became a school principal. 

Dr. Kerr is looking forward to his 
service in Overbrook, remarking that even 
after leaving Overbrook as a teacher, he 
had developed a fond interest in the school ^ 
and is very glad to serve as it ^ s director. 
He also stated that he was very interested 
in the welfare and education of every student. 

Dr. Kerr looks forward to a long and 
happy fellowship with the school. 




Gerald Young ^ Editor 

The Gymnasium of the Overbrook School 

for the Blind is a fairly new facility, 
relatively speaking. It was built four- 
teen years ago ^ and consists of an indoor 
track for running,, an exercise room, weights 
and other gymnastic equipment. There is 
also an athletic field outside the gym, with 
a dash tracks a football and baseball field, 
and a jumping pit. 

Some students feel that these facili- 
ties are not used to their fullest extent. . 

Houseparents can obtain the key to the 
gym any time they wish from the dormitory 

supervisor (Mrs, Osborne). Students wishing 
to use the gym at such times are allowed to 
do so, 

I strongly believe that if a student 
wishes to use the gym, and there are enough 
students who would wish to use the gym at the 
same time, all they would have to do is notify 
the houseparent of this wish. 

Perhaps with some cooperation between 
students and houseparents, the gymnasium 
facilities may be used more often. 


Lou Ann Lex 

This year at Cverbrook we have a work 
study program. The coordinator of the pro- 
gram is Mr. Jim Dunbar. The main objective 

- f the program ' -* to give the student" -- 
iy.^xivj v7orthwhile realistic experiences as 

Several of the students have already 
aotten jobs through tnis urogram. Some^of 
the -tentative employers are an electronics 
industry, vending stands, a radio station, ^ 
a major suburban hospital, and a major medi- 
cal insurance organization. Gerry Young is 
working at R.I.C^B.; and Bill Hahey is play- 
ing in a combo. Fran Cunha, Lyle Sine, and 
Tom Costanza are all working as student aids, 
Judy Williams is working at I.B.M. and Bill 
Cooper is working at Girard Bank. Tony 
Robinson is working at Eastern Baptist Semi- 
nary. These are only some of the people who 
are employed, but we have many more students 
waiting to be employed. 

Another part of the work study program 
is our Junior Achievement Company. We are 
currently making dish mops at 3/4 of a cent 
for each unit. The highest ammount a member 
of our company has produced is 70. 

We get our supplies and return the fin- 
ished product to the Ruskin Sponge Company, 

Each member of the company must hold 1 
share of stock. We have an attendance policy 
also. We have approximately 30 people in the 
company. The president is Tom Costanza. 



Thomas Smith 


Debbie Selig 


Robert Ashbridge 
Georgia Dilbeck 
Lou Ann Lex 
Gerald Young 



Bernetta Lemon 
Kiel Unger 


Lisa Hertzog 


Karen Metzner 
Licinda Morelli 
Joan Spudis 




Deborah Brown 
Carolyn Dougherty 


Marie Brogan 
Tina Martin 


Stephanie Varner 


Brian McElvaney 
Robert Rider 
Gregory Seitz 


La Brentha Coles 
Patricia Cooper 
Christine McElwee 


Fran Cunha 
John Dallatore 
Dale Jarrett 
Leonard Johnson 



James Graham 

MRS, SOUARESKY, is one of our new teach- 
ers at Overbrook this year. She is from 
Lancaster, Pa. She attended Millersville 
State College* She teaches History and 
Spanish, She got her BS degree m Spanish, 
Mrs. Squaresky likes sewing^ swimming, and 
traveling. She says her ]ob is stimulating. 
Her class is planning a field trip to visit 
bilingual classrooms, 

MRSe LINDQUIST attended Salem State 
College where she got her BS degree m 
elementary education « She received her 
Masters from Temple. It was in speech and 

hearing. She is from Boston, Mass. She finds 
Overbrook a very nice place m which to worke 
She says that people are very nice and friend- 
ly and happy at Overbrook. She says her 

hobbies are her children, and that they keep 
her busy. She has 3 boys ^. two of her own 
and one foster deaf child « She also likes 
painting, collecting bells, and travel. She 
wants everyone to know that she is Irish. 

^ "tS "j^ ^' y^ yc ?fe 7^ 



Karen Metzner and Joan Spudis (6th grade) 

Mrs. Hester was born April 4, 1951 in 
St« Joseph, Missouri. As a pre-schooler she 

lived in Kansas. Mrs. Hester has only one 
younger brother. 

She went to St. George Kansas Elemen- 
tary School. High school years were spent 
at Wamego, Kansas. Then she attended Kansas 
State University. 

Her favorite hobbies are traveling, sight- 
seeing, sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading 
and cooking. 

Mrs. Hester has been here at Overbrook for 
three years so far and she has been enjoying 
her job. When she leaves Overbrook Mrs. Hester 
will be a full time minister's wife and plans 
to move to Kansas. 

Before we finish this biography we want 
to iiell you what Mrs. Hester does at Overbrook. 
She takes care of che study hall and also is 
in charge of the Touch and Learn Center. 


Gerald Young 

To many readers, the Temple Research Pro- 
ject may be a brand new happening at Overbrook 

Dr. Kathy Simpkins, director of the pro- 
ject, told us that it was first established 
at Overbrook in 1972. It's main purpose then 
was to find out how a blind student could 
function socially and practically in the world 
They wanted to teach these students the things 



that were needed for everyday living, such 
as cooking and sewing. 

There are also a few students from Logan 
School who are involved in this project « 
According to Dr. Simpkins , there are also a 
few students who attend public schools, and 
who learn these everyday living skills at home. 

According to data from this project, the 
lack of these skills is not usually the fault 
of the child. Many times, especially with 
children who attend public school, the reason 
for the lack of such skills is the fact that 
most parents are afraid to teach their child- 
ren such things as how to crack an egg proper- 

At the end of this school year, the project 
will move to Texas » Data from both projects 
will be examined, for the purpose of planning 
a type of training program that both parents 
and teachers can follow. 


by . ~ 

Judy Williams 

On Thursday, October 30, the students from 
Mrs. Bacalla's World Culture's Class and Mrs, 
Corbett's Biology Class went on a field trip 
to Valley Forge and Swiss Pine Gardens. 

First, we went to Valley Forge where we 
saw many interesting things : a movie on a man 
living in Valley Forge, the old cabins where 
they lived, battle fields, and a small museum. 


We saw a big statue of a man of a horse and 
plaques of men's faces. 

After a few hours of sight seeing, we ate 
our packed lunches on the bus, for it was colde 
The lunches were pretty good; we were quite 
hungry . 

Secondly, we went to Swiss Pine Gardens, 
which has beautiful Japanese and Herbal gardens 
to offer. 

Our guide, Markita, led us along narrow 
winding trails. We saw many plants native to 
Japan and had a walk through a bamboo forest. 

The Secenic Gardens were adorned with sta- 
tues, waterfalls, goldfish ponds ^ and several 
quaint Japanese tea houses « 

The hike ended at the top of a hill where 
the original m.ansion stands with its surround-- 
ing vineyards. 

The day went well and everyone enjoyed 
themselves. We all say "thank you very much" 
to Mrs. Corbett and Mrs, Bacallae 



Lou Ann Lex 

This year the Perceiver will honor the 
Bicentennial. We are going to have several 

new things including the Deaf-Blmd and 
Primary departments we are also including 
many activities and sports events. We will 
have some color also a 

The members of our staff are Bob Ashbridge 

and Lou Ann Lex editors, Stanley Nowaczyk as- 
sistant editor, Georgia Dilbeck, copy editor/ 
Fran Cunha braille editor, Bill Cooper, Gerry. 
Young, -Judy Williams assistants and Tony 
Robinson, sales » Our advisor is Mrs. Kauffman, 



Judy Williams 

For the first time m several years 
Overbrook has a Cadette and Senior Girl 
Scout troop o They meet as a combined troop; 
There are not many girls that would have 
joined each troop, and besides, we would 
be doing almost the same type of activities. 

Our troop meets every Monday evening 
with our advisors Ms. Herrick and Ms, Keblbek, 
so we have a few hours to take care of im- 
portant things. 


We have done many interesting things so 
far this year. We have had a cook-out, gone 
Christmas shopping, and plan to sell cookies 
m a store off campus, in the future. 

On Monday December 15, we invited another 
troop to come and visit with us when we went 
carolling and had a Christmas party. 

Another thing that some of us seniors 
have considered doing are aide bars. Cadettes 
can earn badges and challenges. 1 think we 
will enjoy this great activity in whatever 

we do. 

I am sure that we will have a success- 
ful year in being together not only as friends, 
but as people that can work together as a 




Judy Williams 

Most people think that the Radio Club 
is just about taking radios apart or listen- 
ing to them. But, it's not! It's more 
than that; it's dealing with other codes of 
different foreign countries. 

This club is also looking for new members. 
The club is very interesting to work with, 
and it is interesting to see. I have been 
there myself and it's really not just listen- 
ing to radios! 





Judy Williams 

The Pep Club is getting started in their 
new year of spirit, and is ready to yell 
through their new instruments^ megaphones. 

The megaphones are red with a white ring 
on the end with a small hole* It says, 
"Huskies", on the top outside part, our dog 

in the middle, like we have on our T-shirts^ 
and underneath that it says, "Overbrook" . 
Our initials are printed on the inside. The 
megaphones are really good for people who 
have soft voices. 

Our advisor # Mrs» Legg^ has come back, 

(after all these years,) to be in charge of 
this group; she m.ust like to hear us yell I 

Gerald Young 

The Overbrook Band played very well at 
the annual Parent's Day program » Later on in 
the year, they will be playing in the Spring 

The Senior Chorus has done a lot since 
their performance on Parent's Day. They were 
very busy preparing for the Christmas season. 


They performed at City Hall Courtyard on 
December 18. They also sang a few Christmas 
songs before the Annual Christmas Program 
on December 19. The Chorus will also be per- 
forming in the Spring Concert m May. 

The Music Department of Overbrook School 
for the Blind wishes you a very Happy New 




James Graham 

MRS. MORGAN'S CLASS made bread using flour, 
sugar, water and eggs, then they put it m the 
oven to bake. They had a bread party and in- 
vited a friend. They also used dough to make 
Christmas decorations. 

They have a puppet friend, Pete, v^/hom they 
sometimes talk to when they are m their circle 

MISS GEORGE'S CLASS made Christmas tree 
decorations. They m.ade candy canes out of 
dough, using different colors, then they put 
them in the^^ven and baked them. They also 
made Christmas balls out of styrofoam with 
pipe cleaners, 

MRS. MILLER'S CLASS took a field trip to 
Lord and Taylor. Mrs. Miller and all of the 
other teachers stressed the meaning of Christ- 
mas more than ever. The class also went to 
pick out their Christmas tree, then they decor- 
ated It. This year Mrs, Miller is also stres- 
sing more about living and economics. 


James Graham 

xMRS. LINDQUIST (teacher) 

Mrs. Sally Ford (aide) . ■• ^^.. : .. . -,• ■■. 

Mrs. Lindquist is one of our new teachers 
in the Deaf Blind department, Mrs. Lmdquist's 
class took a field trip to the Springfield Mall 
and also one to Gaudios. They baked Christmas 

In the morning they work with academics 
such as colors, numbers, and they are learn- 
ing how to read and write their name. They 
are also learning how to use their vision to 
the best possible extent. They use a board 
on which the students put various shapes so 
that people can come in and look at it. The 
shapes are made by the students themselves. 
There are tactual surfaces on it. >. . 

Mrs. Lucy DiValerio (aide) 

They went to King of Prussia Mall and 
also went to Strawbridge & Clothier to see 
the Christmas Village. They made Christmas 
gifts for their mothers. They also went to 
pick out their Christmas tree. They are work- 
ing with shapes, colors and numbers. They 
know some signs. 

DEAF BLIND NEWS - Continued 

Ms. Fran Fanelli (aide) 

This class went to the Italian market at 
9th and Christian Streets in South Philadelphia 
to see live turkeys, squid and octopuses. They 
also raked leaves and made hot cocco one day, 
For Christmas they made pizzelle cookies, ^ 
which are Italian cookies, made on something 
like a waffle iron. Some of the kids made 
wooden boxes and pot holders for Christmas 

* * * 

MRS. LUCI HARP (teacher) 

They went to Longwood Gardens and Lindvilla 
Orchards. They made ice cream in cooking. 
They also went downtown to John Wanamakers to 
see Santa Claus. They also made felt yard 
stick holders using their sewing skills, cut- 
ting skills and pasting skills. The stud- 
ents are adding and writing. They can read 
questions and answer them. 




First of all^ a happy and prosperous 

New Year to all of you from Overbrook ' s 
Publicity Con'imitteee The bicentenial year 
has brought a change which will be a pleas"= 
ant surprise to most of us. 

Overbrook^s new principal., who took over 
-■ ;: F^b. ". : i :, Joseph Jr. :=■-..._. on i.err , .^r. who 
IS no stranger to Overbrook, An cider gener- 
ation of us will remember him as Jackie Kerr^, 
the likable son of Joseph Kerr, the retired 
^~ice-pri.:cipaic A more recent: -generation will 
remember him as a popular teacher at Overbrook, 
Dr^ Kerr has also had experience in public schools 
and has earned a Dr,'s degree m Education, He 
is Overbrook^s ninth principal,- and the first 
to bring an earned Doctorate to this position. 
All of us not only offer our congratulations 
but wish Dr« Kerr only the best and pledge 
our cooperation as he begins his new work with 

Winthrop Battles^ member of Overbrook ' s 
board of Managers since 1934, resigned in 
October. His resignation^ due to advancing 
years, was accepted with extreme regret. He 
is a son of the late Frank Battles who served 
as Principal in the 1880' s, Mr, Battles ser- 
ved with distinction on both the instruction 
and the finance committees of the Board. He 
was honored in a program on Oct, 24, where he 
was presented with a plaque in recognition of 
his long devoted service. 

The most recent issue of the "Towers" car- 
ried an item concerning the five new dining 
rooms recently constructed. These have been 
named for six former staff members for long 
and distinguished service. These are 


Mrs. Ethel Arthur, Mrs. Flora Arthur, 
Miss Agnes Locuson, Miss Rose Narducci, 
Mr. Byron Elder, and Mr. Joseph J. Kerr. 


We always try to give an account of our 
current graduating class. The following in- 
formation was obtained Oct. 17, 1975. If it 
contains any inaccuracies, please contact 
the Publicity chairman and the next column 
will contain the update. 

Daisy Morgan plans to attend McCann's 
School of Business in Reading where she will 
take transcription. Lenora Patterson is 
taking Music Therapy at Combs College of ^ 
Music and Hahnemann Medical College. This 
program leads to a B.S. degree and Lenor^ 
hopes for her Master's. Michael Patterson 
has enrolled at Philadelphia Community College 
but will transfer to another school later 
where he will get a degree in Business Ad- 

Michael xMiskiv is scheduled to take piano 
tuning at Pxano Hospital, Vancouver, Wash, 
He was to have surgery first, however. If 
he has reccvered from surgery, he is probably 
in Vancouver by now. Kevin Smith is working 
at McDonald's in Easton, Pa. but hopes to go 
into carpentry. Ruth Alice Swain is doing 
service work in an old folks home in Wilkes- 
Barre, Pa. Trenton was scheduled for 
rehabilitation training at Center for the 
Blind. Mary Tripp was scheduled to take t 
transcription training, but it is not known 
if she has started. Kim Baxter and Diane 
Buckwalter were scheduled for work evalua- 
tion. James Caldwell is taking Electronic 


Communications at Philadelphia Wireless Insti- 
tute, Sharon Leacock is studying Piano at 
Temple University, Philadelphia. Rodney Powel ^ 
Tyrone Small and James Dix are taking Vending 
Stand training, Steven Lampfield is studying 
Physiotherapy at Temple University where his 
studies will lead to a degree in this field, 
Donald Balonis is taking Inhalation Therapy 
at Leigh County Community College^ Allentown. . 


Art Segal has been reelected to Overbrook's 
Board of Managers and will serve on its State 
Relations and Household Committees, 

Edv/ard Stokes was recognized for his 27 
years of outstanding performance by the General 
Motors plant in Wilmington^ Del, where he works 
as an assembler of hydrolic brakes, Eddie was 
given an American Foundation watch. 

Leroy Price, our able secretary-treasurer 
who also serves as Executive Director of the 
Lycoming County Branch of the Pennsylvania 
Association for the Blind has a third interest^ 
namely the American Blind Bowlers Association* 
Recently Leroy was given an award by this 
association for his 25 years of service in rhe 
cause of blind bowling. 

Mary Loutfy has been appointed to the advis- 
ory committee of the Philadelphia District 
Office of the Bureau for the Visually Handi- 

The school will have Community Resources 
Day again this year. There will be an Alumni 
treat in March, and the Alumni dinner for the 
seniors will be held in April. 


Thelma Dutko continues to remain quite ill 
and must go to the hospital three times a week 
for treatment. Ray Munis who had been hospital- 
ized recently is now home but still remains 
quite ill. Anna Marie (Kane) Tome suffered a 
stroke which hospitalized her for a consider- 
able time. At the time this item was obtained, 
she was scheduled for treatment at the Moss 
Rehabilitation Hospital. 

Our sympathies are extended to Delores 
Coombs on the death of her mother, and to 
Mary Elam Dessen on the death of her father. 
Both deaths occurred during Dec. of 1975. 

Our mid winter get together will be held 
Saturday, Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. So if 
this reaches you prior to that date, plan 
to attend. You will receive the usual notice 
concerning this event. 

And finally, if your news item did not 
appear in this column it is because you 
failed to send it along. This column needs 
every item of interest to any member or for- 
mer student. 

The Publicity Committee, Walter Evans, 
Chair-man, 504 E. Walton Ave. Altoona, Pa. 




Helen Scherer 

The 1916 Graduating Class at Overbrook 
numbered among its members , Agnes Locuson who 
was honored at the 1975 Blind Artists Concert. 
We are indebted to Helen Scherer for the 
authorship of this profile. 

Miss Locuson was known affectionately 
among her many friends as "Loki". The 
Locuson famdly lived in Philadelphia, and in 
addition to the mother and father, there were 
three girls and a boy. 

The year following her graduation, Miss 
Locuson went to the Perkins School for the 
Blind as an exchange students Soon after re- 
turning from Watertown, she went to Virginia 
to tutor a blind retarded boy in his home. 

In 1919, Dr. Burritt offered Miss Locuson 
the position of school switchboard operator. 
This meant that she was on duty not only dur- 
ing the regular work week but some evenings 
and weekends o She also worked some vacations 
and in the suitunere Always courteous and com- 
petent, she demonstrated to sighted visitors 
to the school what a capable blind person 
could do. 

When he became head of the school, Mr. 
Cowgill offered Miss Locuson the position of 
teacher of knitting, crocheting and weaving. 
She continued in this work until her retire- 
ment in 1965. A visitor could not help but 
notice the disciplined but friendly atmosphere 


which pervaded her classroom. It was not un- 
usual to find this teacher in her classroom 
after hours giving directions to a girl who 
was in a hurry to finish a swearer she wanted 

to Wc:d.r ^ or a y^LZL Wiu-Cii wca.o litfedea by a cej.~ 

tain day. Miss Locuson triea to instill in 
her students the xdea thac while crafts could 
sometimes be rewarding financially, there was 
a great deal of satisfaction in doing things 
with one ' s own hands . 

Always the good teacher, Miss Locuson made 
it her business to keep abreast of new develop- 
ments in her crafts and the latest in teach- 
ing techniques. Consequently, she took sum- 
mer courses in advanced weaving and in new 
teaching techniques. She also attended several 
of the national conventions of teachers of 
the blind. 

Although she was conscientious about her 
work. Miss Locuson was ready for play when 
the time arrived. She took several motor trips 
around the country in company with Mrs. E.K. 
Arthur, and they went to Bermuda together. 
Later with several other friends, they toured 
the Caribbean. Her first plane trip, which 
she took alone, was a real adventure. 

Miss Locuson was a charter member of the 
E.R. Dunning Club, the service organization 
which helps blind women and their families. 
She worked hard with other members in the 
beginning when the raising of money was their 
chief aim. Later on she was secretary of the 
club and after that chairman of the welfare 

Miss Locuson was proud of her membership 


in the school's graduate organization o She 
was president not only when the organization 
was made up of girls ^ but also when they 
merged with the boys^ organization and became 
the Alumni , 

Miss Locuson had several hobbies but her 

chief one was collecting bells. She derived 
much pleasure from showing them to visitors 
and explaining their history. Some of them 
she purchased on her trips; others were brought 
to her by friends who traveled abroad « 

Although she lived by whar she believed^ 
Miss Locuson was not intolerant of those who 
did not agree with her* She was a sympathetic 
listener with an understanding heart. Her 
spirit of quiet self-confidence gave courage 
to many who were lacking m such qualities., 

One of Overbrook's 5 new dining room bears 
her name ^ so Miss Locuson will be long remem-- 
bered at her Alma Mater because of her tangi- 
ble achievements and her warm^ human qualities. 





JUNE 1976 



Gerry Young , Chief Editor 

Jira Graham - Associate Editor 

Tom Costanza ' Sports Editor 
Miss Elizabeth Keblbek Faculty Advisor 

Lou Ann Lex 


COVER DESIGN Miss Eleanor Lodholz 

Dear Overbrookers ^ 

The time since my arrival at Overbrook 
in January has gone by more quickly than 
any other comparable period in my life. 
It was with a real sense of anticipation 
that I accepted the position as Director 
and I have not had a dull moment since 

Overbrook is most fortunate in having 

magnificent physical facilities and as a 
result I will not have to devote myself 
to much work in that area« Overbrook is 
also fortunate m that it has an outstand- 
ing reputation. I consider one of my 
biggest challenges to be that of continu- 
ing to build Overbrook 's program incorpo- 
rating successful elements from the past 
with plans for the future. 

Obviously^ in order to be successful, 
everyone in the Overbrook "family" must 

work together^ These are very challenge j 

ing but also exciting times in education j 

and I know all persons associated with \ 

Overbrook realize the necessity of work- ; 

ing cooperatively as we move into the \ 

future . : 

Except for the information from the j 

Alumni and these thoughts from me, every- j 

thing in the Red and White is written ! 

by the students. I hope you enjoy reading ! 

it as much as I did, ! 

Best wishes for an enjoyable summer. • 

Joseph J. Kerr 

Gerald Young, Editor 

Of late, there have been several reports 
of students being injured at socials. The most 
recent incident occurred at an off-campus skat- 
ing social. Several people fell on top of each 
other while skating. The injuries may not have 
been as severe if those who v;ere involved had 
been more careful, and if they weren't skating 
as fast as they were. 

Since most of the injured were totally 
blind students, I believe, because of their 
handicap 7 they should be more careful and use 
more caution during socials. Since this in- 
cident happened at a public skating rink, it 
may have formed dam^aging impressions about 
blind persons. Some people in the "sighted 
world", as it is called, may feel that blind 
people are always trying to show themselves 
offhand get hurt in the process « 

In the long run, safety is an asset to 
everyone, no matter if they are considered 
"normal" or otherwise, I believe that safety, 
no m.atter where you are, should be practiced 
bv blind as well as partially sighted students 
alike. It would mean less injuries for everyone. 


Lou Ann Lex 

This summer three members of our school 
and one former student are going to Toronto 
to participate in the Olympics for the blind, 
amputees and those in wheelchairs. The games 
began m 1952. There will be 300 blind, 300 
amputees and 1100 wheelchair participants 
from 76 countries. The U.S. will have 12 
people on the track and swimming team. 

The students and events include Tony Lewis 
in the long jump, 6 meter run and high jump, 
Donna Brown in the long ]ump^ 60 meter run, 
shot put and 100 meter free style swimming 
and Lou Ann Lex m running, long jump, 100 
meter run, shot put, 100 meter freestyle, 
and back crawl swimming « 

The Olympics will be held August 3-11, 
The team will be housed at the University of 
Toronto, Miss Keblbek will be accompanying 
the group from Overbrook. 

We are planning to do as much practicing 
as possible. We are all looking forward to 
competing in the Olympics this summer. 



Judy Wiiiiams 

The "Work Study Program" has been well 
lifted off the ground this school year of 
1975-76 by the coordinator Mr. Jim Dunbar. 

First of all, Mr. Dunbar and the students 
have worked hard on the "Overbrook Manufactur- 
ing Company" where we made dishmops. The 
production of units a week has gone up quite 
a bit since it has started, and usually at 
6:30 a.m. the students were up making dishmops 

Secondly, Mr. Dunbar has worked very hard 
at getting jobs on and off campus for the 
students. He has had much success and found 
the highlights of this program are the 

1. Development of "Overbrook Manufacturing 
Company" and production increase from 
400 units per week to 12,000 units per 
week. Reversal of company control went 
from 95% down to 5% control and was then 
taken over by the students. 

2. Employment of over 2 students. 

3. Offer of full time employment by some of 
the companies for some of the students. 

4. Change in the attitudes due to working. 

5. Cooperation in developing the program 
from staff and employees who showed much 
interest » 

These highlights have brought new re- 
sponsibilities into the students' lives. 


Many students have now increased their 
time schedule since they have been started 
and most of them have gained confidence in 

I'm sure not only I but also all of the 
students involved in the Work Study Program 
would like to thank Mr. Dunbar for all his 
interest and hard work, the staff that has 
excused us from certain classes on certain 
days, and the employees who are trying to 
prove to the outside world that partially 
and totally blind people cando just as much 
as the fully sighted people can do. 

We hope that in the near future more 
members will be added to the program - it 
can be a great experience* 


by j 

James Graham i 

We went to Boscov * s Department store in 
Pottsville, Pa. on March 5 and 6th. We dis- 
played such skills as work study, stand and 
store, cooking, woodwork, science, wrestling 
and music. The Deaf -Blind department put on 
demonstrations. The demonstrations went on 
Friday evening and all day Saturday. 

The students stayed at houses of people 
who were residents of Pottsville and had a 
good time^ It was a very tiring weekend 
but everybody enjoyed themselves. The Boscov 's 
people treated us super. The students enjoyed 

good food. We owe a big thank you to the 
Boscov's people for such a good time and for 
treating us so well. We also owe thanks to 
the staff and people who made it possible to 
have such a program. 

Lou Ann Lex 

This year there are twenty members of the 
graduating class. The following are the many 
and varied plans o; 

rhe members of our class 

ROBIN ALTLAND - Felton, PA - plans to attend 

a training center m Pittsburgh, 

ROBERT ASHBRIDGE - Ridley Park, PA - is going 

to attend Kutztown State 
College to ma^or in special 
education for the physically 

ARTHUR COHEN - Wilmington, Delaware - is 

planning to pursue a career 
in selling. 

WILLIAM COOPER - Downingtown, PA - is plan- 
ning to do secretarial work. 

THOMAS COSTANZA - Hackensack, New Jersey - is 

planning to attend college 
and major in business adminis- 
tration and math. 


Lebanon, PA - is planning to 
go into child care. 


JOHN DALLATORE - Collingdale, PA - is 

planning to do mechanical 

GEORGIA DILLBECK - Clifton Heights, PA - is 

going to attend Penn State 
and major in horticulture. 

WILLIAM HAHEY - Thornton, PA - is planning 

to attend college to study jazz 

JANICE HARGICK - Shenandoah, PA - is going 

to attend a center for job 
training e 

CRYSTAL HUGHES - Philadelphia, PA - will 

attend a training center this 

DALE JARRETT - Sunbury , PA - will attend a 

trade school to study auto 

DAVID JOHNSON ~ Upper Darby, PA » will continue 

his music education. 

LEONARD JOHNSON - Philadelphia, PA - plans 

to enter the field of occupa- . , 
tional therapy e 

ANTHONY LEWIS - Harrisburg, PA ~ is planning 

to attend Juanita College. 

LOU ANN LEX - Dauphin, PA - is going to attend 

East Stroudsburg State College 
to major in physical education. 

STANLEY NOWACZYK - Philadelphia, PA - is plan- 
ning to enter mechanics, business, 
or carpentry. 

GEORGE RICHARDSON - Philadelphia, PA - is 

planning missionary work 
or physical therapy. 

JOSEPH WATSON - Philadelphia, PA - is plan- 
ning to attend trade school 

GERALD YOUNG - Reading, PA - wants to enter 

typewriter repair, carpentry 
or radio work. 



Gerald Young 

The fifth annual Bulletin Spelling Bee 
was held at the University of Pennsylvania on 
Saturday, April 24, 1976. Students from 
Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey 
and Delaware participated m the contest. 

A spelling contest was held at Overbrook 
m February to determine who would represent 
the school m the Bulletin spell-off. Stud- 
ents had to- be m the fourth through eighth 
grades in order to compete. Debbie Brown 
(7th grade) won the school spelling contest. 
In the Bulletin spell-off she placed fourth 
among several hundred students from schools 
in the tri-state area. If she had won the 
contest, she would have competed with spell- 
ing champions in the state. She could then 
have competed in the National Spelling Bee 
in Washington, D.C. where she would have 
competed for a first prize. 


We hope Debbie will enter next year's 
contest and that she will have a chance to 
compete nationally. 


Lou Ann Lex 

On April 5, five students and a teacher 
left for Aspen, Colorado » The students were 
Tom Smith, Rod Bellows, Donna Brown, Marie 
Brogan and Lou Ann Lex, The teacher, who was 
a guide and instructor, was Miss Herricke 

During our stay at Colorado we learned 
three different sports - Cross-country and 
down hill skiing and ice skating. The emphasis 

was on cross--country skiing. 

Each day we had time to learn and practice 
skills m cross-country. These times, besides 
giving us a chance to learn, gave us a chance 
to practice for the tournament which was 
Saturday morning » 

The tournament was divided m three sec- 
tions according to skill and endurance » 
Marie Brogan came in first m her group and 
Donna Brown came in fourth m the same group e 
In the middle group Lou Ann Lex took fourth 
and Tom Smith took fifth. In the final group 
Rod Bellows got fourth place. During the race 
each participant had a guide to give directions. 


There were twenty six participants. 
Some had experience skiing but for others 
it was their first attempt. 

The whole event was organized and 
sponsored by the Lions Club of Colorado. 
* * * 


Lou Ann Lex 

This year the cheerleaders worked hard 
and we were more successful than the past 
few years. The tournament was held m 
North Carolina. The results are as follows: 

1st North Carolina 

2nd Maryland 

3rd Connecticut 

4th Overbrook 

This year's outstanding cheerleader was 
Aileen Roberts of North Carolina. 

The judging of the cheers and cheerleaders 
was done in two sessions four cheers m 
each session. There were three judges who 
marked on a scale of one to ten on the 
following categories; group precision, 
. degree of difficulty and originality of 
movement . 


Overbrook was the only squad with a 
Bicentennial cheer. For the formation, the 
cheer began as a five pointed star with one 
girl in the middle. The final formation 
was the liberty bell with the crack. Donna 
Brown was the crack of the bell. We even 
had little bells to ring at the end of the 


■._. - Gerald Young : ., ' ,„ "'■. ".., , = 

"The halls are alive with the sound of 
music" « The Overbrook Senior High School 
Chorus is certainly proving that fact to be 
true. They did a series of programs during 
the spring. On Sunday, April 25, they per- 
formed at the Arch Street Baptist Church, 
Broad and Arch Streets in Philadelphia. 
Among the variety of selections they sang 
was a medley from "The Sound of Music"* 
They performed several spiritual and 
religious songs and a Bicentennial song, 
"This is A Great Country" written by Irving 

The chorus performed on May 11 at the 
annual Blind Arists * Concert, which took 
place in the school auditorium. A smaller 
section of the chorus performed at various 
times during April and May. 

The Overbrook Senior High School Chorus 
would like to extend its best wishes to you 
for the summer. 


What ' s Happening in the Band? 

After the performance on Parent's Day, 
the Overbrook Band has been preparing for 
the Spring Concert. They also performed 
during the May Fair. 

Several members of the Band performed 
at Boscov*s Department Store during the 
weekend of March 4th and 5th. 

The Band has learned several numbers 
during the past few months. Among 
these are "California Dreaming" and 
"For All We Know". The Band would like 
to wish everyone who reads this column 
an enjoyable summer. 


Gerald Young 

In 1974 the Class of '76 was trying to 
think of a way in which they could raise 
money for the class treasury. They finally 
agreed on the idea of "Rent-A-Kid" . Each 
student was to be auctioned to a teacher, 
(or student) and a day was set aside for 
the rentees to work for their renters. 

Little did they realize how successful this 
idea would be. For the third straight year, 
"Rent-A-Kid" was held. There were prizes 
awarded to the rentee (rented student) who 
was dressed up the best. Everyone who par- 
ticipated had a great time. 



Lisa Hertzog 


Karen Metzner 

Licinda Mprelli ■■-.■'■ 

8TH GRADE • . " 

Marie Brogan 
Tina Martin 

Patricia Cooper 


Robert Ashbridge 
Georgia Dilbeck 
David Johnson 
Gerald Young 


1975 - 76 


Lisa Cooper 
Bernetta Lemon 
Lie! Unger 


Carmella Levitt 
Joseph Linker 


Michael Dunkelberger 
Sheila Ganter 
Joan Spudis 



Deborah Brown 
Agnes Dutill 



Stephanie Varner 


Brian McElvaney 
Christal Raymer 
Robert Rider 
Thomas Smith 


LaBrentha Coles 
James Graham 
Lyle Sine 


Fran Cuhna 
John Dallatore 
Dale Jarrett . 
Lou Ann Lex 




Judy Williams 

Our combined troops of Cadette and Senior 
girl scouts, directed by Ms. Herrick and 
Ms. Keblbek, have been working hard on 
their badges and aide bars and have gone 
on various activities on and off campus. 

We have gone on one overnight campout 
off campus. Boy, what a great time we 
had together! 

We had a folk dancing night In the Field- 
house where many groups of girl scouts 
came and showed us different kinds of 
folk dances. We shared the en3oyment of 
dancing and making new friends. We also 
attended an ingathering held with the 
neighborhood troops in Morris Park. 
Each girl scout troop made a dessert to 
share with the other troops. We made 
Finger Jello which you can eat v/ith 
your fingers. 

In May we had our annual banquet with 
other girl scout troops here at Overbrook. 
All of us received our year pins and those 
who worked on aide bars or badges received 
them. We also planned to go on another 
overnight campout e One committee learned 
how to build a good fire, one committee 
did the cooking and one committee did the 
clean-up. The clean-up crew learned to 
make and use dunk bags and showed the rest 
of the troop how to use dunk bags for the 
dishes . 


Now that this year has come to an end, 
of course, we will be missing a few because 
they are graduating. We are looking for- 
ward to next year. 

• by 

James Graham 

Mrs. Lindquist's class planned 
several Tield trips. They went to 
Valley Forge and Ridley Creek State Parks 
to go on the blind trail. They also 
made hot plates out of cloth and pins for 
the May Fair. 


Mrs » Dickerhoff attended West Chester 
State College. She likes needle craft and 
drawing. She likes teaching here at Over- 
brook very much. She will be back next 
year. Her class just took a trip to Long- 
wood gardens and they made hanging planters 
from popcicle sticks. The hanging planters 
were gifts for Mothers Day, They also went 
to the zoo« 

Miss Lawless This class also made Mothers 
Day presents. They went to the zoo and are 
planning to take many other field trips. 


Mrs. Morgan's class loves to play out- 
side. They have been making flowers and 
they attended the fair here at Overbrook 

Mrs. Miller . This class enjoys making 
paper flowers. They went to the zoo and 
enjoyed everything they saw. They did not 
see the snakes because they were all in 
glass. Theu are planning a picnic for 
the end of the term. 

Mrs. Smiith - 5th grade 

Mrs. Smith's class took a couple of field 
trips to the zoo and to the new home of the 
Liberty Bell. Mrs. Smith said it looks 
picturesque in a setting which overlooks 
the Independence Hall. They also planned 
visits to the Betsy Ross house and Christ 
Church, Of special interest were the pews 
where Betsy Ross, George Washington and 
Benjamin Franklin sat. 

Mrs Felton - 5th grade 

Mrs. Felton 's class went to the zoo. 
They have been studying clothing and how 
material is made. They took a trip to a 
fabric store. They also studied about 
sound and light and about their eyes and 
ears. They are going to a farm and nature 


Miss Kaufman - 6th grade 

One week this class had a smorgasbord 
with different types of food in their class 
They had this experience for health and 
social studies « They invited all of 
elementary hall. They also had a candy 
store ^ the Sweet Tooth Candy Shoppe, that 
was open twice a week ^ after school « They 
hope to use the profits for a field trip« 

* i»t * * * * * * 

* * * * iSf 


Walter Evans 

As we write this column^ we are only too 
well aware that we are short on news items 
concerning our younger members^ So again ^ 
may we ask that if you know of any newsworthy 
happenings^ please send them along for incor- 
poration in the next column. And let's hear 
from the more recent graduates « 

Through an oversight, our February 19 7 6 
profile did not contain the name of its 
author, Helen Scherer, who wrote it for the 
1975 Blind Artists Concert where it appeared 
in the program. 


Carl Shoemaker, Coordinator of Beacon 
Lodge, Camp for the Blind located at New 
Hamplton, Pa. advises us that the 1976 
Adult camp will run from July 10 to August 
29, While Children's Camp will run from 
June 19 to August 21. The mailing ad- 
dress for Beacon Lodge is P.O. Box 222, 
Lewistown, Pa. 17044. 

Our midwinter get-together was held at 
the school on Saturday, Feb. 1976. Several 
items of business were transacted during 
the executive meeting held in the confer- 
ence room Saturday afternoon. Catherine 
Pie was appointed as the Alumni's repre- 
sentative on the Board of the Philadelphia 
Blind Center to fill the unexpired term 
of Thelma Dutko who resigned because of 
ill health. 

The Alumni Association is now a tax 
exempt organization. V^e can accept con- 
tributions. Carl Shoemaker is Chairman 
of the Ways and Means Committee. 

The social activities were held in the 
Fieldhouse. The Social Committee pro- 
vided delicious refreshments. Greet- 
ings v/ere brought by Dr. Joseph G. Kerr, 
the newly appointed Director of Overbrook , 
and by Mr. Parmer, Principal. During the 
evening there were drawings for a number 
of door prizes. And finally, dancing 
was enjoyed to the music of a live 
danceband, the Pastimers, composed of 
retired Philadelphia City Firemen and 
Policemen. We presented a gift of $50»00 


to the band, which immediately donated it 
to Overbrook. Our annual meeting will be 
held on Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19. 
More on this later. 

William Currlin, our beloved former teacher 
of piano tuning, crafts, and mobility will 
celebrate his Nintieth birthday on Monday, 
August 16, 1976. Those of us who received 
his instruction not only received a good 
course in whatever he was teaching, but 
much beneficial advice and philosophy as 
welle His instruction in cane travel numbers 
him among the forerunners in the field of 
mobility. Mr. Currlm lives at 1661 N. Sixty- 
second St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19151. Let's 
all help him celebrate by sending him a card 
or letter. Include a few reminiscences or 
anecdotes to give him a few chuckles. 

The Feb. 2, 1976 issue of the Lancing Mich« 
"State Journal" carried a fine article on 
Grant Longenecker of 610 W. Ottawa St., 
Apt. 601, Lansing, Mich. 45933, who at 85 
is a fulltime lobbyist in the Michigan Legis- 
lature for the blind e Born at Hummelstown, 
Pa« Grant was blind m one eye from infancy. 
The sight of the other eye was destroyed in 
an accident at the age of 12 and since then 
his useable vision has been less than 5% in 
one eye. Grant then attended Overbrook from 
which he graduated, and later graduated from 
the University of Pennsylvania e His varied 
and successful career of service to his fellow 
man began with a teaching position at the 
Arkansas School for the Blind m Little Rock 
where he also served as Principal. He was 
then attracted to the New York State Commis- 
sion for the Blind where he was instrumental 
in establishing that state's first workshop 
for the blind. Moving to Michigan he soon 


found himself occupied as an industrial- 
ist and still later as a banker, and he 
served as a state home loan banking 
official. In 1962 he retired at the age 
of 71. Being bored with retirement he 
announced to his wife that he would 
become a free fulltime lobbyist for 
Michigan's 20,000 blind. This work has 
occupied him for the past 15 years. Shun- 
ning the limelight, he does get things 
done, however. He is the architect of 
all the major legislation benefitting 
Michigan's blind. Among his accomplish- 
ments are laws giving tax exempt status 
to Michigan's aged, blind and disabled; 
and providing State civil service cover- 
age to the blind venders of his adopted 
state. Still physically healthy, he 
travels about the capitol bldg. with 
a cane. Although he does not return to 
Overbrook every year, he has attended our 
June banquets e Grant is a member of our 
Alumni Association, maintains a keen 
interest in Overbrook, and keeps in touch 
with our Secretary-Treasurer. 

We are indebted to Sebastian Damanop 
for the following information. Former 
Superintendent and Mrs. Josef Cauffman 
celebrated their fiftieth wedding 
anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1976 
and Overbrook was well represented. A 
reception marking this occasion was held 
at the Inn in Washington's Crossing, Pa. 
and was arranged by the Cauffman children 


who attended with their spouses. 

Guests came from as far away as Michigan, 

the Cauff man's home before coming to 


Mr. Cauff man has written a book, "A half 
day's Journey" e The book is interesting —- . 
and fascinating. It is delightful and easy 
reading. Autographed copies were given to 
the guests at his reception. 

A number of Overbrook Alumni and former 
staff members attended. They included Leroy 
and Mary Price, Lucy Boyle, Jack Joseph, 
Griff and MrSo Robbms, Mrs. Ethel Arthur, 
Miss Constance Weaver, Mrs. Cautilli, Juliana 
Yu, Mae (Davidow) Tarnoff and husband Joseph, 
George Shober, Sebastian and Theresa Demanop , 
Margaret (Wright) Wagner and her husband and 
Mrs. Gladys Webber who, for years, was Over- 
brook's purchasing agent. 

Mr. Cauff man, who was Superintendent of 
the Michigan School for the Blind before coming 
to Overbrook, still maintains a keen interest 
in all of us. He would enjoy hearing from 
his former students. 

Carl Shoemaker, who has accumulated many 
honors and recognitions for his outstanding 
service to both the Juniata Branch of the 
Pennsylvania Association where he is Execu- 
tive Director, and to Beacon Lodge where he 
is Coordinator, was the recipient of another 
award given at a banquet in his honor on 
Feb. 17, 1976, In 1953 the Mifflin County 
Round Table of Christians and Jews established 


an annual award to be presented to the 
clergyman or layman who has made the most 
contribution to. Brotherhood. Carl was 
the recipient of the 24th award. It 
was given in recognition of his work 
both at the Juniata Branch and at Beacon 
Lodge where he serves all without refer- 
ence to race, color, or creed. One 
hundred seventy five jammed the room 
where the turkey banquet was served, and 
that number was all the room could seat. 
The recognition was also in part for 
Carl's service to other physically 
and mentally handicapped groups as 
he serves on the Board of the Mifflin 
County Easter Seal Society and on a 
board of an agency for the mentally re- 

In making the presentation, Carl's pre- 
vious awards were mentioned. These in- 
cluded "Outstanding Blind Person in 
Pennsylvania" presented by the Pennsylvania 
Federation of the Blind, an Honorary Award 
by Mifflin County Easter Seal Society in 
1968 and The Lions Clubs of Pennsylvania 
Award in 1969 for 20 years of service to 
Beacon Lodge. Thirteen other citations 
or messages of congratulation were read. 
Some contained monitary gifts. 

Carl's acceptance speech was a master 
piece in its simplicity and sincerety. 
He said, "I am nearing 60 and should be 
thinking of retiring but I'm. going to keep 
on as long as I can". He then thanked 
those who had influenced his life and 
made his work so great a success. Here 


Overbrook came in for a share of the credit. 
And special thanks to Russ Webber for all the 
help given in launching both the Juniata Branch 
of the P.A.B., and Beacon Lodge. He thanked 
the loyal and devoted staff of both agencies 
without whose help his work could not be done 
and concluded with an appreciation of what 
his church. Grove Ave. United Methodist, has 
meant to him. Carl has served on its Official 
Board and for years has taught a Sunday School 

In addition to his job related activities, 
Carl is a member of the executive board of 
the Pennsylvania Federation of the Blind, 
and a member of the executive Committee of 
the Penn-Del Chapter of the American Associa- 
tion of Workers for the Blind, and member of 
the board of Pennsylvania Industries for the 
Blind and Handicapped and member of our Alumni 
Association's executive board. 

The Overbrook Alumni was represented by 
Leroy and Mary Price; Russ and Agnes Webber; 
and Walter Evans. 

We now have more on the award given by the 
American Blind Bowlers Association to Leroy 
Price in 1975. Leroy was the recipient of 
the "Abe Cohen Award" for his contribution 
of time and talent to this organization. 
Leroy became interested in bowling in the 
late 40 's and was one of the organizers and 
founders of the A.B.B.A. and has served at 
its Secretary-Treasurer since 1951. The 
Bowlers Convention program carried a nice 
profile of Leroy who, we feel, is modest 
about his accomplishments. He had been em- 
ployed since graduation from Overbrook. 


Starting with a job at Northampton County 
Branch of P.A.B. in Easton, he then worked 
at Overbrook and later returned to Easton 
as assistant Director ot that P.A.B. branch 
Since 1963 he has been director of the 
Lycoming County Branch ot P.A.B. in 

A news item dated Jan. 1 , 1976 states that 
Muhlenberg College, a Lutheran Church related 
college m Allentown, will offer tuition free 
courses to men and women 6 5 years of age and 
over. The life experiences of these persons 
will be accepted as satisfying the prerequi- 
sites for admission. This experiment will 
be tried for one year and two courses may be 
taken per semester. Such courses may be audi- 
ted or may be applied toward a Muhlenberg degree 
All course requirements must be fulfilled and 
will be restricted to available space in the 
classes. Here's a chance for you m the 
Allentown area to further your education. 

Judy Retew of 50 Stratford Ave. Aldan, Pa., 
class of 1969 tells us that for the past 
five years she has been working at the 
Philadelphia College of Bible. Here she has 
done many interesting things and has made a 
lot of friends. Her most exciting experience 
was a trip taken two years ago to Israel, 
Greece and England. Judy, why not fill us 
m a bit more on the nature of your 30b duties 
and on some of the high spots of your stay 
in Israel? 

Marry J, Ditzler of 17 Clifton Park Drive, 
Wilmington, Del, 19 802, since retirement has 
taken the braille proof reader's course of- 
fered by the Library of Congress. He is be- 
ing kept busy as a proof reader for the Braille 
Transcription program of the Library of Con- 
gress . 


Maria Cannon, class of 1973 has now 
graduated from Adelphia Business School 
and is looking for employment. 

Kevin Lukens of 2 07 E. 8th Ave. Consho- 
hocken class of 1973, just graduated from 
Batavia Piano Technicians School and is 
now self employed as a piano tuner and 

Nathan Burke, class of 1953, and whose 
address the writer does not have, tells us 
that he is kept very busy as a chair caner. 
He gets work from four sources and also some 
sent to him by Russ Webber. 

Walter Evans, who retired m Oct. of 1974, 
and who has been serving on the board of the 
Blair-Centre Branch of PeA.B., was elected 
First Vice President at the Board's February 
1976 meeting* ■ 

Florida seems to be a popular vacation 
objective for many of us this year. Delores 
Coombs was in Florida from March 17 to 30 
but we do not know if any other of our mem- 
bers were m her group. On April 9 a two 
bus tour, one from Wilkes-Barre and the other 
from Philly left for a week's tour of Florida 
with stops scheduled for Disney World, Cypress 
Gardens, Cape Canaveral, and other points of 
interest. Making this trip were Leroy and 
Mary Price, Dorthy (Barnard) Shelly, husband 
and son, Mrs. Ethel Arthur, Grace Hornberger 
and Charles Holcombex. (A lot of us in the 
late 20 's and 30 's will remember Charles 
Holcombe who lived in Trenton. So Charles, 
why not come back and renew old acquaintences) 
And finally, on April 21 Walter and Ethel 
Evans left for a tour to include New Orleans, 


Tampa-St. Pete, the Everglades, Key West, 
Miami and Cape Canaveral. 

Surprise of surprises I Dr. Mae Davidow, 
member of the Alumni, former teacher and 
more recently President of the Pennsylvania 
Federation of the Blind iDecame a "December 
Bride" when during Christmas week of 1976 
she took unto herself a husband m the person 
of Joseph Tarnoff. Of the four Davidow sisters, 
Mae IS the first to present her mother with a 
son-in-law . And we understnad that Mrs. Davidow 
is most pleased. 

Not reported earlier was the marriage on May 
25, 1975 of Kay George of Lewistown to Lester 
Groff. This couple now resides at 23 Marble 
St. Lewistown. 

Eric Webber of Jamesburg, N.J. who spent a 
few years at Overbrook in the late 40 's and 
early 50 's and who was a member of the Wrest- 
ling team had major kidney surgery on Oct. of 
197 5, Peggy (Ford) Garrett, has been much 
hospitalized recently. Ray Munis is still 
confined to his home in Wilmington, Del. 

At least two of our number have passed a- 
way since our February column « Gertrude 
Rex, class of 1921, of Tamaqua died March 
4th of pheumonia. Mary McDonald of Coaldale 
who advised me of Gertrude's passing said that 
she and Gertrude had been friends for 6 8 years 
and that she had spent her whole life doing 
good for others. 

The Times Herald Record of Missletown, N. Y. 
for March 1 carried an article concerning 
Adele (Lenox) Bennett who died February 27 
at the age of 45, The author of the article 
refers to Adele as being a "Tiny Profile in 
Courage". Born with cerebal palsy, motherless 


at the age of 7 months, and blind at 12 years, 
Adele finally succumbed to diabetes and 
cancer of the lymph nodes. Adele displayed 
a cheerful spxrit until the end saying that 
if she were miserable no one would like her. 

The publicity Committee, Walter Evans, 
Chairman, 504 E. Walton Ave,, Altoona , Pa. 
16602. We keep a manilla envelope on our 
desk for clippings, letters, etc. So send 
us your item now. It will be kept till fall 
and used. 

Each year the Alumni Association gives a 
trophy to the outstanding athlete of the 
track tournament. This year's recipient is 
James Bowen of North Carolina « 



Walter Evans 

By popular request, our June 1976 profile 
is of Mrs. Arthur who has written "The joy 
of my life was teaching at Overbrook" . A joy 
which was to last for 45 years as an active 
teacher and her associations with former 
students still dominates her life m retire- 
ment for 11 years. 

Miss Kennedy as she was known when she 
came to Overbrook was born, and grew up, in 


Philadelphia. In 1917 she graduated from 
the Philadelphia High School for Girls, and 
in 1920 received a Bachelor's degree from 
Temple University. By taking summer courses 
she completed her under-graduate work in 
three years. She also did graduate work 
at Temple later receiving a Master's degree. 
Coming to Overbrook as an asignment for a 
course in special education, she became 
fascinated with the challenge posed in teach- 
ing the blind and decided to make this special 
field her life's work. From the day she joined 
the staff in 1920 it was evident that she would 
leave her stamp on Overbrook. 

As a young vivacious woman, not all of her 
boundless energy was consumed by her teaching 
duties. She became the popular leader of 
the Camp Fire Girls. At their camp m Jersey 
she joined heartily m their camping, swim- 
ming, canoeing, etc. In an assembly program 
following one camping experience her girls 
did an original song concerning a "great 
catastrophe when Ethel Kennedy fell in the 
lake and splashed all over Jersey". She 
was always a good sport with her girls. How- 
ever this splash was minor compared to her 
beneficial impact on Overbrook. 

In the classroom things were orderly. She 
was a strict disciplinarian. Early in her 
career she mastered the reading and writing 
of grade 2 braille. So when co-ed classes 
were initiated at Overbrook and when the 
boys left braille notes in the desk of his 
favorite heart throb, Mrs. Arthur not only 
was able to find these notes, but could read 
them as well. The offending boy did his 
stint in "court", a form of Saturday deten- 
tion no longer used at Overbrook. When 

this policy changed Mrs. Arthur, on oc- 
casion, introduced some of the young 
Alumni, and on one occasion drove a happy 
Alumni couple on their honey moon. The 
years brought some changes , however . In 
1929 she married George Arthur. In 1936 
she assumed the duties of principal of the 
girls school and still continued in her 
capacity of teacher of social srudies, 
but from then on, time no longer permitted 
her leadership of the Campfire Girls. She 
was, though never too busy to counsel one 
of her students , 

Mrs. Arthur was not one to spoil her 
students. She encouraged them to accept 
realities. On an occasion when a girl left 
the dmingroom without touching her noon 
meal consisting of liver and sweet pota- 
toes, she was confronted with her uneaten 
meal m Mrs. Arthur's classroom and made to 
eat ir. Although this Alumna has never 
eaten liver and sweet potatoes since, she 
values Mrs, Arthur's friendship above all 

When asked why she could not be the free 
and easy person in the classroom that she 
was during outside activities, Mrs. Author's 
response was that one could not control 
others until one could control one's self? 
she could effectively control a large class. 
She was strict, consistent, and fair. She 
insisted on the best of which each of her 
students was capable. Anything less was 
not good enough. Perfection m spelling and 
in braille was the order. Inattention or 
carelessness in these areas led to poorer 
grades, but if an asignment was redone with the 


errors corrected, Mrs. Arthur responded 
by adjusting the grade accordingly. One 
learned to accept responsibility m her 
classes, something which was to serve 
them well m later lite. 

As a teacher, Mrs. Arthur was able to 
impart knowledge, so her classes were a 
joy to attend. She gave much breadth to 
her course material, and brought her 
material up to date. She gave special 
consideration to the fact that she would 
have students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey 
and Delaware. So when indicated, that fact 
pertaining to each state was emphasized. 
Her classroom presentations were supple- 
mented by field trips, such, as to a 
session of court, to city hall, and on 
occasions to Washington, Harrisburg and 
to Gettysburg. 

From the male students' viewpoint, one 
of her boys said, "we respected her as a 
teacher. With us she was tops. She was 
dependable. If she told us to prepare 
certain material for a test we could count 
on her doing what she said. She read to 
us often. She always seemed to do the 
right thing at the right time. She took 
us out often and had us to her home. The 
food was always good and there was plenty 
of ite And you know how young boys can 
eat I I could say that it is adoration 
born of respect. She seemed to thrive on 
giving" . 

Mrs. Arthur was concerned that her stu- 
dents would know the world about them. 
There were trips to the parks, to the zoo. 
She arranged for them to experience trips 


by bus, by train and by plane. A con- 
summate guide, she had a special knack 
of describing the world about them to her 
students in a manner they could comprehend. 
She has that rare gift of maneuvering a blind 
person into a position when they could touch 
an item without calling the attention of the 
public unduely to that person's blindness. . 

After 4 5 years of devoted service to 
Overbrook, Mrs. Arthur retired in 1965. 
Her beloved students gave her a gift of 
luggage at the Alumni Banquets The School 
had honored her m 1945 in recognition of 
her first 25 years of service^ What must 
have been a thrill came on November 1, 1969 
when 79 of her former students lured her to 
a surprise dinner in her honor. The prepa- 
rations were so closely kept secret that 
she had no prior knowledge of the honor un- 
til Leroy gave har a corsage. Mrs. Arthur's 
being a perfect hostess, it is a safe bet 
that had she prior knowledge of this event, 
it would have been she doing the entertain- 

In retirement, Mrs* Arthur leads a very 
active life. Always one to maintain an 
interest in her students, she has followed 
their leaving Overbrook. She has always 
been most kind and thoughtful. She will 
travel miles to bring cheer or a small gift 
to a former student. And the girls at the 
Industrial Home have always been her special 

One of her girls describes Mrs. Arthur 
as the most unselfish and thoUghtful per- 
son she has known « She seems to thrive on 


giving pleasure or happiness to others, 
she will give up her own pleasure to help 
another if she is aware of this need. In 
fact, she seems to maintain her place at 
Ocean City to give her friends a place to 
stay at the Shore. Her whole life has 
been built around sharing; a sharing of her 
friendship, her hospitality, her sight. 
And the lives of all of those she has 
touched have been enriched by her generosity 

What about the present? Before Christmas 
she was off to visit friends m Missouri, 
and then to Minnesota. At the time of our 
February 19 7 6 meeting she had loaded her 
car with former students for a trip, includ- 
ing lunch at her home. She has lined up 
another car load for the next week. She 
has traveled, since retirement , to many 
places - Hawaii, the Carribbean, etc. and 
was often accompanied by several of her 
former students. As this is being written, 
she is in Florida and at least five former 
students are with her. 

What, may we ask, is the secret of her 
success? It can best be attributed to a 
deep and sincere Christian faith, A faith 
in lAzhich she best serves her God by serv- 
ing her former students and friends. 

So this is our Mrs* Arthur I Detective, 
Cupid's helper, teacher, cock, guide, 
confidant and friend. Above all, she 
has been a molder of character, 

Overbrook has memorialized her in one of 
the nev7 diningrooms which bears her name, 
but even more she will be remembered by 

her former students for so long as one 

of these still lives ^ there will still 
be those to rise un to call her ''blessed" 


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Deborah Thomas 
Darnell Golphm 

Mrs. Elizabeth Baglivo 

Chief Editor 

Sports Editor 
Faculty Adviso^r 


Shawn Sievert 


Mr. V^alter Evans 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


Dear Overbrookers , 

This promises to be a most interesting 
year at Overbrook. A number of new courses 
were added to the curriculum ranging from 
automobile mechanics to the re-creation of 
the English handbell choirs. Overbrook 's 
past reputation with the handbells was re- 
membered as we have already been asked to per- 
form at the Academy of Music this year I 

We are offering an expanded evening acti- 
vities program which provides more choices for 
everyone. Hopefully all students are taking 
full advantage of both the expanded curriculum 
and the additional activities. 

As we close the Girls' Track season I want 
to congratulate them on their efforts and as 
we begin Wrestling season I urge each of our 
wrestlers to remember last year's lessons. 

In the June, 1976 issue of the RED & WHITE 
I emphasized the heed for all of us to work 
together as these are certainly challenging 
times in education and I want to repeat that 

I hope each of you enjoys reading the 
RED & WHITE ~ many thanks to the students and 
staff who make its publication possible. 

Enjoy the upcoming holidays I 2 



Deborah Thomas 

We have many new, improved, and different 
changes in Overbrook this school yearo Most 
of these changes were brought about by Dr. Kerr, 
director of the school, and some with the help 
of Darnell Golphin, student council president o 
Most of these changes were made to better the 
school and to please the students. 

The following are new or different changes 
made this school year: shorter class periods, 
which makes the day shorter; evening activities, 
which pleases some of the students and not the 
others; co-ed pass time, which pleases the girls 
and the boys; and new staff members. 

The class periods are now shortened ten 
minutes less than last year. We now have eight 
forty-five minute class periods « We also have 
a forty-two minute lunch period ^ which is more: ' 
convenient for the students « We get out of 
school at 3:31, which leaves more time for after- 
noon activities. 

After supper we have an activity which we 
may attend each evening. Everyone must attend 
one each night. These activities are as follows: 
bowling, gym, quiet room, teen center and hand 
ball. These five activities are held Monday thru 
Thursday. Swimming is held on Tuesday and Thurs- 
days. Radio club is held on Tuesday night. 
Computer is held on Wednesday night. 

Co-ed pass time is a new thing around Over- 
brook this year. The girls are allowed to go 
out with the boys on the boys' pass time and 
the girls are allowed to go out on their own 
pass time also* This pass time situation is 

vice versa. The boys' pass days are Monday 
and Wednesday. The girls' pass days are 
Tuesday and Thursday. The girls are allowed 
to go out with a boy to dinner, to a movie, 
but only If they have permission from their 

Thexe are also a great many staff members 
this yeate Here are the new teachers: 
Mr. Turner, who is a gym teacher; Mrs. Turner, 
the school's new nurse, who is also Mr e Turner's 
wife; Mrs. Gluck, the new math teacher; Mrs. 
Cage, the secondary and the elementry handbell 
teacher* The special education or deaf blind 
teachers and aides are as follows: Mrs. 
Dickerhoff, Miss Lawless, Miss Cooper, Miss 
Define, Mrs. Fanelli, Miss Reynolds, Mrs, Zucker- 
man, Miss Zwigaitis. 

Mrc Frey is the new assistant maintenance 
superintendent. Also, Mr. Mooney is considered 
a new teacher. The new houseparents are Mrs. 
Dunn of Cowgill Cottage, Mr. Vecchione of Alan 
Cottage, Mrs. Yick of Burrltt Cottage, Miss 
Uhland of Lions Hall, Mrs. Sedlak of Biddle 
House, Miss Donna Barr, Miss Karen Barr , Miss 
d' Andrea and Miss Vezzari aides. 

There are also new courses. Some of these 
are electronics, handbells, production, handwrit 
ing and photography/dark room. 

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Darnell Golphin 

The track season was very successful for 
our girls. As is the case with all of Over- 
brooks teams, our girls team is associated 
with the EAAB, which was organized so that 
blind students could compete against each 
other m athletics o (The abreviation EAAB 
FOR THE BLIND) . This league is formed by the 
schools for the visually handicaped on the 
east coaste 

Miss Herrick, the physical education teacher 
for the girls ^ is also the head coach for the 
girls* team. Although she is young, physically 
strong, and quite intelligent, she cannot 
coach by herself. This year a housefather and 
two teachers offered their time to help coach 
the track team. So, I*d like to say "thanks" 
to the following people: Mr, Sedlak, Mr^ 
Barkovich, and Mrs« Corbett^ 

Miss Herrick was asked her opinion of the 
girls' skills in track and whether or not she 
thought they had improved. She replied that 
she thought that the girls and their skills 
were quite good, indeed. She was asked also 
about the girls ^ morale during the season. She 
was pleased with it also. The girls started 
with lots of spirit and carried it straight 
through the season. This spirit and hard work 
got them a third place trophy, she said. 

The girls worked after school four days 
a weeke Their warm-up started with a few 
warm-up exercises, then the girls had practice 
after school, they were expected also to work 
out on their own. In fact, Miss Herrick said 
that one reason the girls did so well was that 

many girls worked out on their own during the 
summer c 

When the girls were asked individually 
their feelxng about the track season, they 
felt that their team did well and they were 
also pleased with the season. 

The team had several girls who were very 
strong m their events. Miss Herrick telt 
that her girls would be even stronger next year 
if they continued to work out on their own. 

The track team went to New York Institute 
to have a 3-way meet with NYI and Conn. Our 
girls came out on top. Finally the tournament 
arrived, and the girls went to Perkins for the 
meet. The outcome of the tournament was as 
follows: North Carolina, first place; Perkins, 
second; our own Overbrcok, third; and Batavia, 
fourth. Seven schools m all attended the 

The coach says that some of the girls topped 
their very best previous performance and that 
she was pleased with the team very much this 
year. The whole school wishes the coaches, 
and girls good luck in the years to come. 


Deborah Thomas 

I think that the evening activity program 
is a great idea» Overbrook has never had such 
a program before and I think that it is a new 
and different change within the school. I 
think that everyone should stop complaining 
about the program and try to enjoy it because 
we may not have it one dayo 

I have heard people say^ "This program 
shouldn't be mandatory, it should be voluntary" 
I have said it myself m the past. Now that 
I have seen the light of what the program is 
all about, I can enjoy it. I also heard people 
say that they are being treated like prisoners 
because they are made to attend the activities, 
but some students do not know the facts of why 
they have to attend them^ 

The reason that we have to attend these 
clubs is that the houseparents are to attend 
an activity^ and they can't be in the cottage 
at the same time. If someone got hurt m the 
cottage, there would be no supervisor around.. 

We asked for these programs and I think 
that we should make the best of them» One day 
we may not have them and then everyone will 
still be complaining, so 1 suggest that we 
enjoy them while we can. 


Darnell Golphm 

One day during chapel it was announced that 
the sixth, eleventh and twelfth grade classes 
were to attend a whistle stop rally. This rally 
was for Jimmy Carter who was campaigning for 
the presidency of the United States of America, 

The students first reactions to this announce- 
ment were as tollows: "What?"; "You mean that 
we have to go and hear some stupid speeches?"; 
"Who wants to go down there?"; and "1 don't 
know anything about politics" c Nevertheless, 
we went to the rally. 

The students found that the rally for 
president was quite interesting, to say the least. 
The campaign committee to elect Jimmy Carter 
for president opened the rally. Speeches were 
made, pledges to support candidates for public 
office were made and speeches were made by 
other figures supporting Jimmy Carter for 

Jimmy Carter soon arrived and you could 
feel the excitement grow from the crowd as 
Carter spoke about the democratic platform. 
While Jimmy Carter was speaking I didn't hear 
any unkind remarks aimed at Carter from where 
I was standing. Carter, I felt, carried his 
point over quite well* ■.. 

After it was all over we headed back to 
school. These were some of the remarks I heard: 
"That was all right"; "Man, that was a lot of ■ 
fun".; "1 wish Dr. Kerr would let us do that 
again". The moral of this article is this: 
Don't cry or shout out before you unwrap your 
gifts . 



Debbie Brown 

On October 4, 1976, nineteen 7th grade 
students from the Tilden Middle School worked 
with our 7th graders « We showed them around 
the school and they saw Fisher Cottage* They 
ate lunch in our dining roomo 

That afternoon, our students went to the 
Tilden Middle School. They took a tour of the 
school « 

On October 19, both schools went to the 
Academy of Natural Sciences. They heard a 
lecture on the senses, saw some animals, and 
had small group lessons on the senses. 



On September 2 0th students interested in 
law and history took a field trip to the 
Philadelphia Academy of Music to hear members 
of the judiciary talk about the Constitution. 
There were three Supreme Court Justices who 
spoke at the U.Se Judicial Conference. They 
talked about what the onstitution is supposed 
to stand for. We had a very good learning 
experience, and it was most interesting. 

Over brook had eight students and one 
teacher in attendance. 




Deborah Thomas 

On October the 27th a politician came 
to Overbrook to visit the senior class m 
Government. The two classes of government 
were combined into the fifth period class 
when the speaker arrived. 

The speaker was Jesse Wood, a black 
politician running for the Congress of the 
United States. He is running for the Second 
Congressional district of Philadelphia, 

The students asked him questions and 
he gave his opinions. The students asked 
questions about the upcoming election on 
Tuesday, November 2, 19 76. They asked him 
how many years he served being a politician 
and about how he got to this position. There 
were many interesting questions being asked 
by the students « 

After the discussion group was over, 
people came and shook his hand and some even 
asked for his autograph. Some commented on 
how much they enjoyed his being there. I 
asked some of the students how they enjoyed 
it, and most of them said that it was very 
good and that they wish they could have more 
people like him come to school and give speeches 

Jim Graham was the one who got this speaker 
to come and speak to our government class. 


Tammie Snyder 

Mrse Gluck is one of our new teachers. 
She teaches math. She got her Bachelor's 
degree from New York University. She got 
her Masters degree from Temple * She graduated 
from the Bronx High School of Science « 

Mrs, Gluck is originally from New York, 
She now lives in Narberth. Her hobbies are 
cooking^ Chinese food^ cross country skiing,- 
and reading. She enjoys working here at 



Shawn Sievert 

Mr. John Mooney is part of our new teaching 
staff this year^ Mr. Mooney is from Atlantic 
City^ New Jersey, and he attended Atlantic 
Community College before he transfered to 
Temple. This is Mr. Mooney 's first teaching 
job. He has never worked with the blind 
before, but he feels that it is a challenge 
and he likes it here. One of the biggest 
aims he says is "to try and see how indepen- 
dent a worker a student can be"« He says he 
knows it is hard sometimes for persons with 
a visual handicap to do everything on their 
own« If you can make them a little more in- 
dependent^ he feels that is a big accomplish- 
ment. He hopes to work here a few more years » 
He feels it's rewarding. 

Good luck to Mr, Mooney. 




Agnes Dutill 

Mrs, Cage teaches the handbell choir. She 
got her education at New York University and 
Temple. She also studied at the Conservatory 
of Music. Mrs. Cage has been a Choir Director 
and organist for many years » She enjoys oil 
painting and going to piano concerts. 



Agnes Dutill 

Mrs, Cleaver's Class e This year there are 
four children m room 48. They are working 
especially hard m reading, math,, and 
language arts. In social studies they are 
studying about the family. They also did 
Halloween art projects. In December they 
plan to go to the Montgomery County S.P.C.A, 

Miss Sm oot's Class picked grapes and 
made their own grape jelly. 

A couple of classes m the deaf-blind 
department went on a field trip to Linvilla 
Orchards. They are also going on a hay ride. 

Mrs, Miller's class had m.ade some fall 
decorations and also made some Halloween 
decorations for their bulletin board. The 
students are also drawing their own pictures 
and hanging them up, 

Mrss Sar lo's Class consists of five students. 
There are three boys and two girls « They are 
learning a song about animals on the farm. They 
learn how to make their different sounds. 




Shawn Sievert and Carolyn Dougherty 


The handbell choir is a new addition to 
the music department this year. Many years 
ago Overbrook School for the Blind was noted 
for its handbell choir» Mrs. Cage is m charge 
of the junior and senior handbell choir. 


The chorus has 3 members this year. The 

chorus performed in two places so far. The 
first place the vocal ensemble went was to the 
Overbrook Women's Club where they performed a 
half hour program which the people thoroughly 
enjoyed« Next^ the Overbrook senior chorus 
went to the Overbrook Farms Club which was over 
at the old Green Hill Theater. The chorus is 
planning many more engagements and m the next 
issue you will hear more about these. 

The band is busily at work practicing music 
for future use^ 


\ by ■ 

Carolyn Dougherty 

The student council this year is working 
on Darnell Golphin's platformo The officers 
of the student council are Darnell Golphin as 
president^ Shawn Sievert secretary and Thomas 
Smith as treasurer. 

The committees are busy at work, working on 
new ideas to improve the school. Darnell says 
that he is all for the students, and he will 
try his best to see to it that many of the 
students^ wishes are fulfilled* 


One thing that the council did this year 
was open the music hall at night, so one of 
the council^s goals was fulfilled. Hopefully, 
more goals will be fulfilled. The council is 
working on a new pay telephone system and 
the mobility on both sides of the campus. The 
council is going to do bigger and better things 



Agnes Dutill 

The Boy Scouts camporee was held at Camp 
Hart this year. There were five different 
troops from other eastern schools for the 
blind that participated. 

First place m the camp skills contest 
was North Carolina. Overbrook was second and 
Maryland was third. The contest was called 
an adventure trail. They had a camp fire and 
also went to Independence Hall. 

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Agnes Dutill 

The Computer Club . They work on different math 
programs and they have worked on one computer ' 
game. Mrs. Ford is In charge of the club* 

Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts had a Hallo- 
ween Haunted House for the Juniors and Brownies, 
They also went to Valley Green for a hike. Miss 
Herrick and Mrs. Baglivo are the leaders. 

Ceramics Club is working on pottery projects 
Miss Lodholz is in charge of the club. 

Textiles Club is working on all sorts of 
things you do with your hands. Some students 
are doing overcasting, and some are working on 
crochet rugs. ^^^^^^** 



Walter Evans 

First of all, greetings to you fellow 
members from all those whom you have chosen 
to manage our affaxrs for the next year» Let 
me again suggest to all that this is your column. 
Whenever you hear of news of interest, please 
pass it on. Your publicity committee ]ust can- 
not be everywhere, so with the help of all, we* 11 
do a better jobe 

We have a request from Dr. Kerr, our new 

director e If any of you have musical composi- 
tions by Dr, David D. Wood, Drc Adam Geibel, 
or Bob Ege, Dr. Kerr would like you to communi- 
cate with him. All three of these Overbrook 
Alumni both composed music and taught at Over- 
brooks During Overbrook -s recent extensive, re- 
modeling, some of this music has been lost and 
the school would like to replace it« 

We are indebted to Harry Ditzler for the 
profile of Gus Wachhaus, These two were con- 
temporaries at Overbrook and have remained life- 
long friends s Our thanks . to Harry for his fine 


William Curlm, our fellow member and former 
teacher, wishes to thank all of you who remembered 
him with letters and greetings on his ninetieth 
birthday. He received in excess of 50 and wishes 
he were able to reply to all of them. Due to the 
infirmities of age, he is no longer able to write, 
Mary Lutfy responded to those which came from a 
distance and she regrets that she did not have the 
time to help in replying to all of them. 

Our annual reunion was held Friday and Satur- 
day, June 18 and 19. The festivities began Fri- 
day with a get together in the field house. 


Following dinner, bingo was enjoyed by all. 
Saturday morning was given over to various 
committee meetings. The general meeting be- 
gan at 2:00 P.M. in the auditorium. Retiring 
president, Lucy Boyle, recognized the new 
members. Committee reports were for the most 
part routine. However, all showed that they 
had been active during the year. The Treasurer's 
report showed a balance of $1,522.00. 

President Boyle reported that 20 seniors 
received diplomas June 9, More of their where- 
abouts m the next column o The Work-Study pro- 
gram at the school in which the Alumni has an in- 
terest is doing quite well. Some 50 students 
participated in 85 different enterprises. The 
Pennsylvania District of Key Club International 
designated Overbrook as this year's "Youth 
Serves Youth" project. 

More of us should advise the Welfare 
Connnittee of ill members, and of other circum- 
stances when this committee could be of service c 
This committee is prepared to do a bigger job 
if only It is advised of the need. The 1976- 
77 chairperson of this committee is Carol Koe, 
Apt. 818 School Lane House, 5450 Wissahickon Ave. 
Philadelphia, Pa^ 19144. 

Officers elected for the 1976-77 term are: 
President Lewis Quay, 3825 Harrison St., N^W. , 
Washington, D,C. 20015; Vice President, Joanne 
Davidoff, 7808 Pine Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 19118; 
Recorder, Helen Scherer; assistant, Catherine 
Pieczynski; Secretary-Treasurer, Leroy Price, 
1039 Franklin St., Williamsport , Pa» 17701; The 
Alumni's representative on Overbrook 's Board of 
Managers, Art Segal; Directors to serve until 
June 1978, Bill Murray, Marilyn Warburton, and 
Lucy Boyle; and Directors whose terms expire in 
June 1977, Joseph Cicala, Rudy Lutter, and H. 
Griffith Robbins . 

Some 135 persons attended the banquet 
which, as usual, was served in the boys* 
cloister e The weather was delightful and 
McAlisters was up to its usual high quality « 
Retiring President, Lucy Boyle served as 
toast master and handled these duties quite 
well and sprinkled the serious with a number 
of jokes to the delight of all. 

The Alumni gave two awards to retiring 
staff members: To Rose Baldmo, gchool nurse 
for 23 years, and to Joseph Cheilli, athletic 
coach for 28 years. 

A word of high commendation is due those 
who arranged for the speaker of the evening. 
Dr. John R. Coleman, President of Haverford 
College and Chairman of the Board of the Federal 
Reserve Bank of Philadelphia c This distinguished 
economist came without charge and for this, we 
wish to express our thanks and appreciation e 

For years, Dre Coleman encouraged his students 
to obtain summer jobs in the blue collar world 
as part of their educational experience, in 
due time he came to the conclusion that a similar 
experience for himself would be beneficial « He 
obtained a leave from Haverford College, and 
disappeared into the blue collar world surfacing 
only between jobs to preside at meetings of the 
Federal Reserve Bank Board-^ His jobs included 
ditch digger m Atlanta, garbage collector m 
the Washington, DeC. area, and salad maker at the 
Union Oyster House in Boston. His book, Blue 
Collar Journal -- A College President's Sabbatical , 
is a diary of his experiences. Dr. Coleman read 
excerpts from his book, inter spursed with comment 
on the current scenes We found his talk challeng- 
ing, informative, and highly entertaining; and a 
fitting climax to our reunion. As an after 
thought, so far, only a hand copy of his book 
has been brailled and no recording. 



On Saturday Sept. 18, 1976 Russ and Agnes 
Webber celebrated their fiftieth wedding 
anniversary. The event took the form of an 
open house, arranged by the Webber children, 
and attended by an estimated 150 guests. It 
was a pleasant early autumn afternoon and 
guests mingled about the house and on the lawn. 
The Webbers are parents of three daughters and 
a son, all married, and some 13 grandchildren. 
All were present and m addition many other 
relatives. Also former co-workers and staff 
members stopped by, and Overbrook was well 
represented. Included were Mrs. Ethel Arthur; 
Abe and Bee Werner; Griff and Gertrude Robbins; 
Mary and Ben Eutfy; Sebastian and Theresa 
Demanop; George Shober and his wife; Walter 
and Ethel Evans; Ida Bradford, Mane Mums, 
Rose Narduci, and Lucy Boyle. And if we 
missed anyone, we're sorry as it was hard to 
locate everyone m that assembly. However, 
we wish the^ Webbers many more years of together- 
ness ^ This couple plans a cruise to the West 
Coast via the Panama Canal. 

Carl Shoemaker, who has made this column 
as often as anyone, m.anages to keep active 
and involved m his community. At a Ladies 
Night on June 12 he was installed as president 
of the Lewistown Lions Club of which he has 
been an active member since coming to Lewistown, 
We are reliably informed that Carl has chosen 
wisely m his committee appointments and expects 
all to work hard. We also have a sad note to 
add. We offer our sympathy to Carl whose father 
passed away the latter part of July of this 

David Hartman, written up in a previous 
issue, has achieved the unique distinction 


of being the first blind person to earn a 
degree m medicine m this century. David, 
blind since the age of 8, attended Overbrook 
for 5 years, leaving to attend public school 
in Haverford m the eighth grade. He earned 
a bachelor's degree at Gettysburg College. 
After overcoming much skepticism he was finally 
accepted at Temple University Medical Schools 
He received his MeD. degree May 2 7 to a stand- 
ing ovation as he placed well up m his class. 
Dave^ now 26 years of age, is married. His 
wife IS working toward her PheD m Psychology e • 
Dave plans to continue his medical education 
and specialize in psychiatry and in rehabilita- 
tive medicine. Good luck, Dave, and if your 
future IS as brilliant as your past, youMl 
make it. 

Rudy Lutter was appointed to the Governor's 
Committee on Employment of the Physically 
Handicapped of Pennsylvania on July 30 ^ 19 76. 
Rudy graduated from Overbrook in 1952, and 
earned a B.Ae degree with honors m Sociology 
from Penn State University in 1956 placing 
fourth m his class. He then earned a Law 
Degree from Harvard Law School in 1960 where 
he served as vice president of his class. 
After two years .in private practice m Phila- 
delphia, Rudy entered the federal service. 
He IS a member of the Bar of Pennsylvania, 
and of Washington D.C. Since graduation Rudy 
has traveled widely and has both taught and 
lectured. He has also done graduate work at 
Oxford. Through the years he has received 
many honors and has been active in many efforts 
for the blind and disabled e He is a member 
of the American Blind Lawyers Association. 
He is now serving his fourth term as a member 
of the President's Committee on Employment 
of the Physically Handicapped. In 1962 Rudy 
joined the legal staff of the Federal Communi- 
cations commission where he is now a Senior 


Attorney. Rudy has served on Overbrook's 
board of Managers, and is a member of our 
association where he has served as President 
and is now one of our directors. 

Richard Wagenfeid , class of 1973, is 
attending Miami University where he is major- 
ing in music. He worked as a counselor in 
the adult camp at Beacon Lodge this summer 
where we understand he did a good 30b. 

Linda Hudson , class of 1973, is attending 
Camden Community College in Blackwood, N.J. 
where she is preparing for a career as a case- 
worker. She has a Leader dog obtained m 
July of 1975. 

Ed Quill IS the operator of a vending 
stand in City Hall in Trenton, N.J. 

Marilyn Klein , Class of 1973, is now 
employed as a dictaphone typist at the Depart- 
ment of Welfare. 

David Anton of Levittown, class of 1972, 
is employed by the Bucks County Branch of 
P . A . B . in Newtown . 

Overbrook has expanded its crafts instruc- 
tion this year. So Lucy Boyle is now devoting 
some of her time to teaching caning. Also 
Louise (Romanickj Smith is now teaching crafts 

Donna Berninger is now Mrs. Emory Lowe. 
The marriage took place in November of 1975 
but the news did not reach us until our June 
reunion. This couple now live in Chicago. 
Bill Murray and Elizabet h (Sullivan) Keller 
were married Oct. 2. The Murrays will reside 
in Harrisburg. Dottie Zerr , who many of you 
may remember as Dorothy Schaub, and who is 
a caseworker in the Philadelphia Office of 
OeV.H, and is a graduate of the Home Teachers 
Training course in 1947 has remarried in June 
and has retired from her position with the 
office of the Visually Handicapped. 


Roger Simmons and Roberta Lau both of 
the class of 1970 are engaged. James Caldwell Jr 
and Kathy Cannon are engaged and plan to marry- 
in August of 197 7. 

Several of our number have been ill and/ 
or hospitalized. These include Ed. Marcu, 
Robert Rice ^ Mary GordGn^ Arlene Cicala^ and 
Thelma Dutko who has been quite ill and has 
been m and out of the hospital. Carmela 
BensQn_]ust came home from the hospital 
as this was written, V7e trust that by the 
time this reaches you,^all have recovered. 

At least four persons known to^ us have 
died recently. John Forbes ^ whom an older 
generation will remember as the switchboard 
operator at Overbrook^ is buried at Chambers- 
burg» Richard Roller ^operated a vending stand 
in one of the capitol bldgs. m Harrisburg. 
Bernice Sargent and Lenore Watts who was 
a masseuse in the Harrisburg area ^ have also 

Finally^ we have an apology. Four items 
given to me at the time of our June reunion 
are omitted. My Banks Brailler broke down 
during that event and these were so garbled 
I could not read them. So if your item is 
not contained here, please send it to my home* 
It will then be included in the next column. 

The 1976-77 Publicity Committee; Helen 
Scherer, Burton Gale^ Murray O'Connor, Walter 
Evans, Chairman, 504 E. Walton Ave « Altoona, Pa. 
16602 phone 814-943-2713. 



Alumnus Gus Wachhaus, class of '20, has 
achieved a varied, colorful career, and is 
still going strong I 

When Gus was three years old scarlet 
fever and measles impaired his vision « He 
attended public school in his native Shenandoah, 
Pa. , until the after effects of illness rendered 
him totally blind at age eleven; then he 
entered Overbrook. Adjusting readily, he 
was the first student chosen to spend a month 
at a Boy Scout summer camp in Maine. After 
graduation he completed an intensive course 
in piano tuning at Perkins School for the Blind. 

For the ensuing seventeen years; Gus plied 
his trade and ran a tobacco and candy store in 
Shenandoah. Throughout eleven of those years 
he directed the local Elks male chorus and, 
for a time, his church choir. Meanwhile 
he mastered the rare art of playing the musical 
saw; forty years later he still entertains 
civic, church and school groups. 

In M2, Gus was elected to the Pennsylvania 
House of Representatives, the more noteworthy 
since he, an avowed Republican, won in a: pre- 
dominantly Democratic district of Schuylkill 
County. During five consecutive terms he 
introduced several pieces of legislation en- 
acted in behalf of the blind? a ten-dollar 
increase in the monthly pension etc. With 
three f ellow-Solons he formed a barbershop 
quartet, often called on to enliven lulls in 
deliberations (Congress please note) . 

On Gus's forty-eighth birthday a colleague 
addressed the House apropos of Gus ' s exemplary 
legislative record and his unflagging joie de 
vivre, whereupon the members adopted unani- 
mously this extraordinary resolution: 


"Seldom in the lives of men are they 
privileged to know and work in close asso- 
ciation with a man who has turned adversity 
to success and disadvantage to accomplishment. 

Yet this privilege has been enjoyed by 
the present members of the House of Repre- 
sentatives and by those among us who have been 
members of former sessions of the General 

In our midst today is such a man, rep- 
resenting, for the fourth successive term, 
the people of the first district of Schuylkill 
County o Born in Shenandoah, March fifteenth, 
one thousand nine hundred and one, he was 
stricken by total blindness at the age^of 
eleven years. He early resolved, neverthe- 
less, to battle the despair of darkness and 
make his life one of meaning and accomplish- 
ments His record of public service and per- 
sonal achievement testify to the firmness of 
this resolve so difficult of fulfillments 

" Resolved , that the members of the House 
of Representatives, on this forty-eighth 
birthday of Gus Wachhaus , Sro , extend to 
him, their respected and beloved fellow member, 
sincerest congratulations on his past accomp- 
lishments and success, and extend to him their 
hopes and best wishes for future success and 
happiness in his way through life". 

Then the honoree was presented a Talking 
Book "on behalf of the Pennsylvania Federation 
for the Blind and the blind of PennsylvaniaV . 

Subsequent to his political stint, Gus 
operated a flourishing vending concession in 
the state Capitol for seventeen years--his 
merchandising cycles match the locusts. 


Gus and his devoted wife, Grace, reared 
four sons, all six-footers. The eldest, 
with a doctorate in music from Columbia, is 
on the faculty of the University of Maryland; 
the second studied for the Lutheran ministry; 
the other two fare well m their respective 
vocations . 

Now "retired '^ Gus teaches sighted com- 
patriots at West Chester Senior Citizens 
Center chair caning, and is active m the 
American Blind Bowlers Association. He recent- 
ly demonstrated caning at the Adams County ^ Apple 
Festival and at an art exhibit in Gettysburg, 
the latter a bicentennial feature » 

Gus^ detente with The Seeing Eye has been 
unique. His first dog maintained so brisk 
a pace, Gus lost twenty-two pounds in three 
months--a bit excessive for a nonweight- 
watcher! "They made me independent". One 
is prompted to quip, these two canine partners 
played leading roles in Gus' multifaceted 

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Deborah Thomas 


Shawn Sievert 

Tammie Snyder 

Deborah Brown 

Carolyn Dougherty 

Agnes Dutill 

James Graham 


Mrs, Elizabeth Baglivo 


Mr„ Walter Evans 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 




Deborah Thomas 

First, I will give you a little insight 
as to what happened in the band this year. 
At the beginning of the school year, band 
and bell choir was held at the same time. 
Some of the band students were in bell choir 
which made it hard for them to be in band 
also. Mr. Bonaccorso did not know what to 
do about this matter because he wanted to 
keep everyone in the band. The students 
were complaining about not having enough 
time for bell choir but they still wanted to 
have band. Dr. Kerr stated at the beginning 
of the year that he wanted a good music pro- 
gram here at Overbrook, but to me, he left 
out the band. Dr. Kerr, Mr, Bonaccorso and 
Mrs. Cage had discussions and finally band 
was moved to after school which conflicted 
with track and cheerleading. Soon this idea 
was dissolved and we now have band class at 
7:50 Tuesday and Thursday mornings every 
week. I do not think that this is fair to 
the members in the band. 

Members of the band were late very 
often which made Mr. Bonaccorso angry. He 
said that if he had to get up at 5:30 in the 
morning just to get to band that we ought to 
make an effort to get there on time also. 
The students agreed to this but they still 
did not always get there on time. Mr, 
Bonaccorso did not know what to do about 
this, and then he suggested that we go to 
breakfast earlier so that we could still be on 

time for bando In my opinion^ this does 
not work either because students are still 
late for band. Students would arrive at 
band at 8:10 AcM« and about the time we got 
our instruments together^ got tuned ^ and 
played one song and talked about why so and 
so was late, it was time to go to the first 
period class o 

I think that this whole situation is 
unfair to the band members and Mr^ Bonaccorso^ 
It is like having nine periods a day. We 

do not get enough accomplished in that little 
time anyway. I think that we should have 
more band practice than we do to make it a 
better band. Also^ we would accomplish more 
if we dide I think that the band doesn't 
get that much praise or thanks for the work 
that we do. I also think that some of the 
band members are losing interest in it be- 
cause it seem.s that we never get enough time 
to learn that much. In the Spring Concert 
every year^ the band plays three numbers 
and that's it. We do not have the opportunity 
to learn more than that in a year. I wish 
that all the music classes could be held 
every day so that they could accomplish more 
than they are^ 

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Debbie Brown 

Miss Harxdschuh is our new Home and 
School Visitor o She visits parents of 
students already at Overbrook and parents 
of pre-school blind children to encourage 
them to attend the Summer Nursery Program » 

She attended Bloomsburg State College. 
She worked previously as a housemother here 
at Overbrook. 

Her hobbies are traveling, playing the 
piano, embroidery, plants and sports. She 
likes her job very much and she sometimes 
misses being a housemother because she 
isn't with the children as much as she 
used to be. 


, by 

Carolyn Dougherty 

Miss Brenda Tolliver is taking over 
Mrs. Mitchell's place as night nurse. She 
has a Bachelor's degree from Shippensburg 
State College » She has also worked as a 
counselor for freshmen for a yeare She 
also tutored in a college for two years. 
She is going to get her Master's but she 
likes it here and intends to stay. 



Tammie Snyder 

Mrso Lindquist is taking over the job 
that MrSo Osborne had. She is now the 
Dormitory Supervisor e She says that she 
loves the job. MrSo Lindquist feels that if 
the students and staff keep on helping her 
that Overbrook will become an even happier 

Mrs. Lindquist says that one of the 
hardest things about the job is going home to . 
make supper for her three sonSo 



Agnes Dutill and Tammie Snyder 

The Overbrook Cheerleading squad consisted 
of seven cheerleaders e The squad consisted of s 
Donna Brown, Luz Arroyo^ Lori Schweigart, Shari 
Weller, Linda McDaniels^ Agnes Dutill^ and 
Tammie Snyder. And^ of course^ our great Cheer- 
leading Coach was Mrs, Legg» 

We had cheerleading practice Tuesday nights 
from 7^30 until 9t00 o'clock. 

Only six cheerleaders were allowed to go to 
the tournaments held at West Virginia on the 2 8th 
to the 3 0th of January. 

This year we got new uniforms e The uniforms 
consist of red and white pleated skirts, white 
turtlenecks, red sweater vests that have two 
v^hite vertical stripes on the right side, and 

tights. We also got new shakers; they're 
red and white, of course I We used the 
shakers in some of our cheers. 

A few weeks ago, there was a four way 
meet which was held at Oak Hill, the 
Connecticut School for the Blind o Each 
school took their cheerleaders to the four 
way meer and everyone had a fun time» 

We had a Pep Club that helped us out 
at the home wrestling meets. The Pep Club 
got new red sweaters this year, and they use 
the megaphones like they did last year. 
Mrs. Legg is also in charge of the Pep Clubc 

We were happy to have such a squad. 


Tammie Snyder 

This year the ninth graders have a new 
subject called careers. It meets on Thurs- 
days during 8th period. Mr. Remaly teaches 

the class. ■ 

There is a show that comes on TV called 
T he World of Work. It comes on Tuesday night 
and again on Thursday afternoon. The show 
comes on at the same time that we have our 
class » We go up to one of the cottages some- 
times on Thursday and watch the show. 

I think that it is a good subject to 
have. It gives you an idea of what you 
might want to do later in life. 



Debbie Brown and Tammie Snyder 

This year we have 0\7erbrook Manuf acturxng 
again and there are 35 members in the company. 
It is held every morning from 6^30 A»M. to 7:30 
A.M. Mr. Dunbar runs it' again this .year. 

The officers this year are. Donn,a Brown ^, 
Tom Smith, Brian McElvaney^ Chris McElwee^ and 
Patty Cooper e We have company meetings every 
month. The officers get together and talk over 
what is going on. - .- 

We have a lot of new things to do this 
year. Here are som.e of the things that we 
are doing or have done ^ 2 0,000 repair kxts 
for a single lever kitchen sink faucet^ 1^500 
lavatory faucets^ 1|,500 push-»pull bath and 
shower faucets^ 6,000 P-tiaps and we still 
have 3^000 more to do. We have also done 5,0 00 
vacuum breakers, 6,000 aerators, 3,00 tank 
levers, 6,000 tank balls, and are presently 
working on 1,350 ballcocks. The sponge busi- 
ness has slowed down, but should pick up soon. ■ 

Two new companies that are close by are 

being looked into. 

We have an excellent record with the 
companies we work f or e We might get new 
products from the sponge company to do. 

We have done 6 00 craft kitSo 

We get paid every week now. In the begin- 
ning of the year, we were paid every two weeks o 


1976 - 1977 


LaBrentha Coles 

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1976 - 1977 


Timothy Boyer 
Karen Metzner 
Licinda Morelli 


Deborah Brown 
Chris Faber 
Vonda Sue Hoffman 


Marie Brogan 
Tina Martin 


Luz Arroyo 
Stephanie Varner 
George Miller 


Donna Brown 

Maurice Dinkins 
Thomas Smith 
Christal Raymer 


Patricia Cooper 
Chris McElwee 
Deborah Selig 
Deborah Thomas 

Deborah Thomas 

The Work-Study Program is getting off at 
a good start this year. There are many new 
and different jobs being offered this year. 
Many students have had training and are seeking 
jobs« The students are very happy Overbrook 
has such a program^ It gives them a chance to 
associate with people in business and to learn 
a skill that perhaps will help them. They have 
Mr« Dunbar to thank for organizing and planning 
interviews/ etc e Here is a list of all the 
students working or who had training or who will 
be working soon, 

LYLE SINE works at the Bell Telephone as a 
typist: « He also works with Armando handling 
supplies for the school. 

JAMES GRAHAM works at the Bell Telephone and he 
is a mail carrier, , •; 

MICHAEL McHUGH also works at the Bell Telephone 
as a mail carrier « 

KARL SCHIEFERSTEIN works at St. Charles Seminary 
in their library typing labels for books. He 
also works in the school library. 

STEPHEN YOUNG works at Eastern Baptist Seminary, he 
stamps envelopes and does other odd jobs. 

DEBBIE SELIG works at IBM. She types letters and 
memos. This is a one year job per student. 
JUDY WILLIAMS worked the preceding year. 


HALLIE KING works in an office training 
situation in Nevil Center. 

DONNA BROWN and JUDY WILLIA.MS are physical 
education aides. Donna Brown will be 
working in a private home doing house 

TINA MARTIN is a mobility aide for students 
in the Deaf-Blind Department. 

BILL GRANDE works at the Creed Company and 
also works at the Ruskin Sponge Company 
handling materials for our Junior Achieve- 

TONY ROBINSON works at the Frog Cafe in the 
preparation room. He also works at the Teen 
Center for the school. 

EARL YOUNG delivers newspapers for the school, 

JIM YOUNG will be working at Sears & Roebuck 
on the loading dock, 

TOM SMITH works at The Community Legal Service 
Building. He is studying under a legal ad- 
visor, Mr. Thomas Burke* He is being exposed 
to many different parts of the legal field 
and sits in on court cases. 

SHAWN S IE VERT works at RICB and he is learn- 
ing the techniques of controlling a radio 
station. He soon will control a total shoWs 

RODNEY BELLOWS works at the switchboard. 

the delivery of the Grapevine for the school. 

CYNTHIA NEURELL had training as a reception- 
ist at Bell Telephone and learning to work 
the switchboard and soon may get a job. 

DEBORAH THOMAS had training at the Gordon 
Phillips School of Beauty Culture and may get 
a job in a beauty salon soon. Also, she may 
get some kind of insight into the KYW Jour- 
nalism Department. 

The students have Mr. Dunbar and his 
secretary, Mrs. Dezzi, to thank for doing a 
wonderful job in helping this program progress 
and making students happier. 



V is for VALENTINE which we will get, 

A is for ALL who will make some, we bet. 

L is for LOVE which people will send, 

E is for EVERYONE who is a good friend. 

N is for NOTES that people will write, 

T is for TIME to make them look bright. 

I is for ITEMS to have at a party, 

N is for NOTHING you'll have if you're tardy 

E is for EATING, so let us be jolly. 

The Sixth Grade « 



Shawn Sievert and Carolyn Dougherty 

THE QVERBROOK CAROLERS who haven't been 
together for a couple of years, were back 
together again under the direction of Mrs. 
Boyle. Miss Murray helped direct the carol- 
ers. There were fourteen carolers. 

The carolers went to three different 
places. They went to the Chapin Home for 
the aged blind; the Walnut Park Plaza, a 
home where aged people can live in apartments; 
and the Inglis House for the incurable. At 
the Chapin Home and the Walnut Park Plaza 
they put on a program, and at the Inglis 
House they walked around and sang on three 

The carolers had a fun time together, 
and hope to try again next year. 


The Overbrook senior chorus performed 
at several engagements. First they performed 
at the Dunwoody Home for the aged. The resi- 
dents enjoyed our program and served us punch 
and cookies. We also performed at the First 
Presbyterian Church in Germantown where Dr. 
Kerr is a member of the congregation and 
sings in the choir. We sang at the early 
service and the later service. Between the 
services we were served juice and doughnuts. 

The Upper Darby High School choir per- 
formed at Overbrook. At the end of the 


program, the chorus got on stage and 
together the two choirs sang the famous 
Hallelujah Chorus. After the program, 
the two groups went to the dining room 
and had punch and doughnuts. 

Recently the chorus performed at 
Gillespie Junior High School. From the 
applause, the chorus could tell that the 
audience enjoyed the program. 


On the night of December 16, 1976, 
Overbrook School opened its doors and 

invited the public to a free Christmas 

Announcements were broadcast on the 
radio and in newspapers to let the public 
know about this event. 

The handbell choir played Silent Night 
and Christal Raymer sang with the handbell 
choir. The program also consisted of the 
senior high choir, girls' vocal ensemble 
and the band* The Overbrook Carolers per- 
formed a group of Christmas songs. Christal 
Raymer performed a solo from Handel's 
Messiah called "Rejoice Greatly". 

The public loved the concert. This 
goes to prove that the Overbrook Music 
Department has done it and it is doing it 
again for 1977. 




Shawn Sievert 

Throughout the first half of the year, 
the student council, under the president, 
has worked hard to get what students desire. 
With the cooperation of Dr. Kerr the follow- 
ing has been accomplished: Class and town 
hall meetings after every other council 
meeting; use of the pay telephone; signing 
up for activities daily instead of weekly; 
and a committee to revise the constitution. 
The refreshments that were sold at wrestling 
meets are now sold outside the gym to pre- 
vent damage to the gym floor. 

The council will continue to progress 
throughout the second half of the year. 
Mrs. Lindguist is very eager to help the 
council in any way she can. In the next 
article, you will find out more about what 
the student council is doing for the students 
of Overbrook. 


Agnes Dutill 

The Boy Scouts have just finished their 
peanut crunch sale, ■ They sold 30 cases of 
peanut crunch. 

The Brownies, Junior, Cadette and 
Senior Girl Scouts are xn the middle of their 
cookie sale. A couple of people from the 
Cadette and Senior troop went to the Thirtieth 
Street Station to sell cookies » 



James Graham 

The Huskies ended their season on January 
30 e The Huskies did not have too good of a 
season, but the team is steadily making improve- 
ment e There are some new wrestlers coming up 

that are going to be very good. 

The EAAB Wrestling Tournament was held at 
the West Virginia School for the Blind in Romney, 
West Virginia e Overbrook took fifth out of eight 
schools. Seven out of nine wrestlers earned a 
medal . 

On Saturday night after the tournament was 
over, West Virginia put on a dance for all of the 
schools. We had a wonderful time talking to some 
people that v^e have not seen in quite awhile. 

So, all and all, it was a good weekend. 




Greetings, fellow members, and a happy 
1977 to all of you. In this column we have 
information on our 1976 graduates. The pro- 
file is an interview with Mr. William Curlin 
containing some reminiscences of the old 
school and something concerning this remark- 
able former teacher and fellow member. 

By the time you receive this , our mid- 
winter social set for Saturday, February 19 
will be history but we shall try to have a 
report of it in the June issue. 


We are indebted to Mr. Remaly for his 
assistance in compiling this information and 
for this help we extend to him our sincere 
thanks. It is as accurate as we could make 
it as of October 1, 1976. If there are in- 
accuracies, please let us know and we shall 
update it in the June column. 

Robin Altland went for orientation and 
mobility training in Cleveland, Ohio, 

Robert Ashbridge has enrolled at Kutz- 
town State Teachers College where he is a 
Special Education major. 

Arthur Cohen plans to work for his father 
in his father's business. 

Thomas Costanza has enrolled as a busi- 
ness major at Temple University. 


Frances Cunha also received orientation 
and mobility training at the Cleveland Society 
for the Blind in Cleveland, Ohio« 

John Dallatore is attending Center for the 
Blind where he is receiving orientation and 
mobility training. ' , 

Georgia Dilbeck is a horticultural major 
at Penn State University « 

William Hahey is majoring m trombone at 
Combs College of Music in Germantown. 

Janice Hargick is receiving orientation 
and mobility training at the Diagnostic Habili- 
tation Corp. in Pottsville. 

Crystal Hughes had been hospitalized and 
no current information was available. However^ 
we trust she has recovered. 

Dale Jarrett is studying auto mechanics 
at Vail Technical School, Blairsville, Pa. 

David Johnson plans to major in music« 
He will start at Delaware Community College, 
Media, Pa. 

Leonard Johnson is either a business 
major at Philadelphia Community College or 
is a Business Enterprise trainee in the 
program of Pennsylvania's Office for the .;. 
Visually Handicapped. 

Anthony Lewis entered Philadelphia Com- 
munity College and hopes to major in Reha- 
bilitation Counseling. 


Lou Ann Lex is majoring in Physical 
Education at E. Stroudsburg State Teachers 

Stanley Nowaczyk was to enroll in 
carpentry at the Daryl School of Trades, 

Joseph Watson had planned to enroll 
in the same school of trades. 

George Richardson enrolled at Cheyney 
State - planning to study Physiotherapy. 

Gerald Young is a communications major 
at Temple hoping for a career in Radio and 
TV. He also works at Radio Station RICB. 


The fall Executive Committee meeting was 
held at the School the morning of October 2 , 
1976. Reports were received from all commit- 
tees. The Alumni Association now has 245 
members. The Treasurer's report showed a 
balance of $1,507.00. The Grants and Loans 
Fund balance is $12,910.00, Overbrook's 
student enrollment is down this term. 
Overbrook and Logan Schools did not combine 
as had been previously considered even though 
there was some city support for this move. 

The flooding problem at the front en- 
trance has been corrected by paving the area. 
Overbrook will have several apartment units 
where older students may have household 
mechanic and home economic experience. The 
Work-Study program is being continued this 


year* The school has several new programs 
this term. Included are metal shop, auto 
mechanics, chair caning, and handbell choir. 
These new programs are not being added at 
the expense of the academic program.. 

All who attended the October meeting 
join in expressing their thanks to Rose 
Narducci and her staff for the delicious lunch 
enjoyed by alio 


Arthur Copeland, 55 Wo California Ave», P 

Beach Haven Park, New Jersey, 08008 has been 

elected to a four year term as president of t 

the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes at j! 

an organizational meeting held in early 
November. The meeting, held in Kansas City, 
elected Art unanimously. This organization 
sponsored the Paraolympic Games held at Toronto, 
Canada last summer in which teams of blind 
athletes from 30 countries participated. 
Americans won 14 medals. Art tells us that 
one would have to have been there to appreci- 
ate the full meaning of this experience f or ^ 
those privileged to participate. The organi- 
zation is in need of financial assistance and ;- 
Art would appreciate hearing from those who wish 3 
to assist financially^ i 

Six of the medals earned by the American Team^ i 
went to Overbrook students and alumni. Of these, 
top honors go to Lou Ann Lex, class of 1976, who 
earned a silver medal in the Women's 100 Meter | 
Back Stroke, bronze medal m the 10 Meter ,| 

Women's Free Style, and bronze medal in the 
V7omen's Long Jump, Tony Lewis, class of 1976, 
won the bronze medal in the Men's Class A High 
Jump. Donna Brown, a junior, won a silver 
medal m the Women ^s Class A Long Jump. 
Sharon Leacock, class of 1975, won the bronze 


medal in the Men's Class A 60 Meter Dash. 

Ralph Wolfgang, now residing in Merchant- 
ville, N.J., still remains active at age 81. 
He is one of a staff of four serving Grace 
Episcopal Church and takes his turn conduct- 
ing the worship service. He returned to 
Tyrone, Pa,, where he was a much loved high 
school teacher before entering the Episcopal 
Priesthood. He participated m Tyrone's 
celebration of the Bicentennial. He attended 
the 40th anniversary of the class of 1936 and 
received the class award for the one who had 
changed the least m 40 years. Just keep 
that good health, Ralph, and you will take 
the same prize at the class 50th anniversary. 

Sigrid Schmid and Catherine Pie visited 
for a week with friends m Vermont. One 
attraction they saw was Mt. Snow. Walter and 
Ethel Evans spent 10 days m November visiting 
his grandnephew in Ruskin, Florida. 

David Esposito and Barbara Austin are 
now man and wife. 

The Robert Garrett Jr.'s of Williamsport 
have adopted a baby. 

Lucy Boyle has been hospitalized for her 
hand. She had been hospitalized for the same 
reason in September of 1975. 

Mr. William Curlin who celebrated his 
90th birthday August 16 has found it necessary 
to enter a nursing home. He is now living in 
the Haverford Nursing Home, Havertown, Pa., 
19083. I am sure he would very much appreci- 
ate hearing from his many friends. 

So, let's drop him a line whenever we think 
of ite 

Raymond Munis of 200 Monroe Place, 
Wilmington, Del., died November 4th at the 
age of 77. He graduated from Overbrook in 
1917 and entered the employ of the DuPont Co. 
the following year as a dictaphone, typlat. 
In 1932 he shaved dictaphone cyllnd^^s for 
reuses When the business inachlrie^-imltw^a. 
organized in 1946 he became a dispatcher of, 
calls, a position he held until retirement 
in 1961 after 43 years of service with the. 
DuPont Co, He is believed to be the first 
blind employee of DuPont Co. Before failing 
health restricted Ray's mobility, he was 
very active in the alumni serving, a term as 
president, and several terms on the Board- of .. - 
Directors. Our sympathy is extended to his 
wife. Mane (King) Munis. :..;:-. 

Josephine (Tobolski) Spear., 434 Pearl St., 
Reading, Pa. died December. 24th. Like the Munis, 
she and her husband were very, happy together. 
Our sympathy is extended to her husband, Herbert, 
who survives. 

Just after this column was. written we 
learned through Mrs» Ethel Arthur of the death 
on Tuesday, January 5th, of MrSe Mary Ellen 
(Snyder) Gordon after a long fight with cancero 
She is survived by her husband William, to whom 
we extend our sincere sympathy. 

The deadline for the June column is April 
29th so let's have your news items. The Pub- 
licity Committee, Helen Scherer, Burton Gale, 
Murray O'Connor, Walter Evans, Chairman, 504 
E« Walton Avenue, Altoona, Pa, 16 602, Phone - 




On June 18, 1976, the writer was priv- 
ileged to spend several hours in the company 
of Mr= Curlin on the front porch of the home 
which he purchased in 1942 and where he resided 
until recently when he found it necessary to 
move to a nursing home. On this porch, under 
the watchful eye of Mrs. Evor Burrows, who kept 
the writer supplied with delicious iced tea, it 
was a pleasure to listen to the following rem- 
iniscences. We must offer our apologies, how- 
ever o The Banks Braille Writer malfunctioned 
and many of our notes are illegible and so 
some of what we heard is not included. 

The old school, or the Pennsylvania Insti- 
tution for the Instruction of the Blind, as 
we used to be known, occupied lands on a part 
of which the Franklin Institute and Franklin 
Museum now stands. It was located on Race 
Street on the north side with the front facing 
Race Street. It occupied the whole block 
between Twentieth and Twenty-First Street and 
extended back to Summer Street on the north. 

This was a dual school literally e A wide 
pair of stone steps led from Race Street to 
the front doors. A fence split the walk and 
there were two doors, the left, or one to the 
west led to the boys' school and the one to 
the right was the girls' entrance. And since 
"never the twain should meet" was more true 
then at Overbrook in its early days, we regret 
our inability to include any information on 
the east side of the old school. A fence also 
separated the two sides to the rear of the 
main building. 


The old school was a multi-structure o The 
kitchen and dining rooms were in the basements 
At meal times, students went to the tables c 
Each of the items for the meal was brought to 
the table by one of the help who asked each if 
he/she wished a serving o The first floor was 
occupied with administrative offices and the 
kindergarten e The second floor contained an 
exhibition room^ It had a good organ and a 
stage e On the first Wednesday of each month, 
students here demonstrated what they could do 
and presented evidence of what they had learned. 
The reception room was also on the second floor o 

Also on the second floor was the Cub Room. 
This served as both play room and dormitory 
for small boyso The boys had a large set of 
blocks with which they played o Older boys had 
to pass through this room en route to other 
areas of the school. They would hesitate long 
enough to build a tower in the center of the 
floor for some unsuspecting blind child to run 
into« So we had pranksters even in the old 
school. Classrooms and dormitories were also 
in the main building. 

The old school's forerunner of the modern 
bathroom had a cement floor and students bathed 
in iron tubs» 

To the west of the main building was a 
shopc Here woodwork, chair caning, weaving, 
broom making, mattress making, and beadwork was 
taught « It was then the feeling that beadwork 
increased one's reading of embossed type. 

To the rear was a newer structure known as 
the north building. It housed the music depart- 
ment with its practice rooms and the library c 
Some gym instruction was also provided. 


There was little m the way of enter- 
tainment. The boys had a large iron wagon 
with benches and equipped with a steering 
wheel. One of the sighted boys usually 
steered it. There were also two rope swings 
in the outside play area. 

Days were long in the old school. The 
weekend began at Saturday noon and lasted 
until Sunday evening. New York Point, the 
embossed system of type developed by Mr, 
Waite, a Superintendent of the New York City 
School, was the method most used. Characters 
in this system were two dots high and varied 
in width. Books in English Braille, American 
Braille, and line type were also available in 
the library. Mr. Curlin made it a point to 
be proficient in all systems. 

When Edward E. Allen assumed the super- 
intendency of the school, he insisted on the 
school's adopting American Braille « This 
system was developed by Joel Smith, an 
instructor at Perkins School where Mr. Allen 
was a principal before coming to Philadelphia 
American Braille employed the braille cell as 
we know it today, but the letters which 
occurred in most common English usage were 
represented by the easiest combinations of 
dots to recognize and to write, Mre Allen 
always referred to it as the scientific 
system. . 

The school also had a Home Department 
which housed adults » However, these adults 
were moved to the Chap in Home when it was 
opened. Mr. Curlin also recalls two Chinese 
girls who came to the school to learn some- 
thing of educating the blind* However, 
they found America so much to their liking 


that they refused to return to China. They were 
known as Miss Jessie and Miss Fannie. 

Mre Curlin has vivid recollections of Dr. 
David Wood who so very ably headed the Music 
Department e When James G. Blame, who taught^ 
math at the old school, had David as a pupil ne 
said of him that if he could turn his interest 
to math as it was set on music, David Wood 
would have been a genius. He also recalls Dre 
Adam Geiblel who taught piano both at the old 
school and later at Overbrook. Frank Bryan is 
another person he remembers. Mr. Bryan, who 
worked for a time on the construction of the 
Market Street elevated, was persuaded by Mr. 
Allen to be the school's first braille printer. 
He added greatly to the library. When Mr. Allen 
moved on to Perkins as Director he took Mr. 
Bryan with him and he headed the Howe Press for 
many years. 

Overbrook was' under construction during 
the years that Mr. Curlin spent at the old 
school. Mr» Allen always referred to our 
present Overbrook as the "Promised Land". 

Stepping from the home to school was a 
difficult step for Bill as only German was 
spoken in the Curlin home. He learned English 
from association with other students and gives 
much credit to Miss Amelia Sanford for looking 
after him and assisting him^ She was a third 
grade teacher, 

Mr, Curlin graduated from Overbrook in 
1905 o For a time, he tried his hand at piano 
tuning on his own but this work was hard to come 
by» Therefore, he obtained work at the Ludwig 
Piano Company on Chestnut Street in Philly and 
gives credit to the foreman of that Company for 


seeing that he obtained much valuable 

In 1918 he joined the staff of 
Overbrook as instructor of piano tuning 
and repair, and as he puts it "anything 
else that was asked of him" . He retired 
in 1956 after 38 years of service. 
During his many years as a teacher his 
guiding philosophy was to teach better 
than he had been taught. 

In Mro Curl in there was more than 
just a teacher c Those regularly assigned 
to him looked forward to those hours » 
Those whom he touched were better for his 
constructive influence. 

Not only was he a teacher, but an 
excellent traveler as wellc He advocated 
the use of a cane when many felt that the 
use of a cane was a mark of blindness. In 
the latter field, he was always ready and 
willing to share his experiences and his 
advice. He provided many of us with our 
first canes and for a time gave instruction 
in cane travel as a regular class assign- 
ment. He also lectured to the blinded 
veterans of World War II at Valley Forge 
before the development of their mobility 

Mr. Curlin took an active part in the 
Alumni Association « He also served for 
many years on the Board of the Chapin Home, 

One of our graduates holds Mr. Curlin 
in high regard saying of him that he was 
the greatest. He recalls a group, led by 


Mre Curlin, taking a trip to the American 
Foundation in New York. During this trip, 
he gave numerous tips on how to travel with- 
out drawing too much attention to the visual 
handicap, but he also included table conduct 
and how to locate items without spilling them 
This person regards his encounters with Mre 
Curlin as the most valuable instruction in 
his preparation for life. 

In summary, Mr, Curlin said in parting 
"Yes, I remember the old school, but I prefer 
to remember the new things and the progress 
in education of the blind I have observed in 
my lifetime, and the success achieved by the 
men I have taught". 




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JUNE 1977 



Deborah Thomas 


Deborah Brown 
Carolyn Dougherty 
Agnes Dutill 
Deborah Selig 
Shawn Sievert 
Tarmnie Snyder 


Mrse Elizabeth Baglivo 


Mr« Walter Evans 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


1976 - 1977 

Deborah Brown 


Marie Brogan 


Thomas Smith 


Patricia Cooper 



1976 - 1977 


Timothy Boyer 
Michael Dunkelberger 
Priscilla Gardner 
Karen Metzner 
Licxnda Morelli 
Michele Zimmaro 


Luz Arroyo 
Linda McDaniels 
George Miller 
Stephanie Varner 


Vonda Sue Hoffman 


Tina Martin 


Maurice Dinkins 
Hallie King 
Christal Raymer 


Christine McElwee 
' Deborah Selig 
Deborah Thomas 
Judith Williams 




Deborah Thomas 

Recently I have been asking many of the 
students what new school subjects, activities, 
and band instruments they would like to see 
taught here at Overbrook m the future. There 
was good response to these questions. The 
younger kids were also eager to make a few 
suggestions . 

The following are school subjects suggested 
by the students: french, physics, trigonometry, 
chemistry, child-care, beauty culture, creative 
writing, speech, social behavior, values and 
logic, economics, psychology, drama, first aid, 
broadcasting, black history, agriculture, 
engineering, physiology, horticulture, sex 
education, calculus, music theory, electronics, 
and metal shop. 

Here are the new instruments that were 
suggested: guitar, accordion, synthesizer, 
harpsichord, calimba, autoharp, violin, baritone^ 
vibes, timbales, and the clavanet. 

The activities that were suggested are as 
follows: yoga class, ballet, modern dance, and 
basketball, baseball, volleyball, football, 
skating, soccer, and softball teams and a Ping 
Pong club. 

I hope that some of these suggestions are 
taken into consideration so that the students 
may have an even better school and social life 
at Overbrook in the future. 



On April 4th the Senior Handbell Choir 

went out to a restaurant called "Harpoon 
Louie's" and played the bells. The following 
evening, the Junior Bell Choir went to perform 
at "Harpoon Louie's," We left the school at 
3:45 P.M. m Mr, and Mrs. Cage Vs mobile 
After we left "Harpoon Louie *s/' we went to 
the Cage*s home in their mobile home and had 
a good time there, 


The Overbrook Senior Choir has performed 
in several engagements, March was not a busy 
month for the choir except for one engagements 
The choir performed at Miss Munro ' s church in 
Drexel Hill. They had a retreat for the members 
of the choir that particular weekend; the 
engagement was on a Sunday night. Everyone had 
a great time« 

The choir performed at the Upper Darby- 
Lion's Club on April 5th. The choir sat through 
a meeting, then they got up and performed. After 
the performance they were served cokes and cookies 

Friday, April 15, 1977, the choir partici- 
pated in Upper Darby High School's spring 
concert. The choir sang with Upper Darby in 
one number. It was an enjoyable experience 
for everyone. Saturday, April 16th, the vocal 
ensemble performed in a variety program. 

The choir's final engagement was at the 
Logan School. The choir put on a 40 minute 
program including a flute duet and the girls 
vocal ensemble. 

The vocal ensemble and the girls vocal 
ensemble had an engagement on Wednesday, 
April 20th, for the P.T.A. 




In April the Student Council held their 
annual dinner dance and the elections for the 
Office of Student Council Presidents The 
nominees for president were Robert Rider, 
Tom Smith, and Brian McElvaney. 

The Student Council sponsored a dinner 
dance at 7:00 P^M. Darnell Golphin announced 
the winner; it was a tie between Robert Rider 
and Tom Smith. Therefore, the Student Council 
called an emergency meeting and class represen- 
tatives voted according to the wishes of their 
classes, Robert Rider is now Student Council 
President for 1977-78. Good luck to Robert 



Debbie Brown 

Mr. Mueller is a new teacher in elementary 
hall. He takes Mrs. Costello^s place in teach- 
ing fourth grade students. 

Mrc Mueller went to Kutztown State College 
and is from Jim Thorpe, Pa. He enjoys all sports 
He said he likes teaching here and is glad he was 
offered the job. 



Agnes Dutill 

Miss Jane Heffner . She went to Boyertown 
High School, She lives m Barto , Pa. She is 
Miss George's student teacher. Her opinion is 
that she loves it here and the kids are really 
nice. Her hobbies are sewing, tennis, and bike 

Miss Vickie Werst . She went to high school 
in California « Her family moved to Pennsylvania 
after high school. She is Mrs. Miller's student 
teacher. Her opinion is that she likes it here 
because the students and the people that work 
here make her feel at home 3 Her hobbies are 
swimming, and tennis. 


Miss Bonnie Zucker. She went to George 
High School in Philadelphia. Her opinion is 
that she likes it here because she says that 
the people are very friendly and it feels as 
if you are in the country. Her hobbies are 
plants, and animals. She is Miss White's 
student teacher. . . 

All of these student teachers come from 
Kutztown State College. They will be grad- 
uating in May. My opinion of these student 
teachers is that they are very friendly and 
are a very happy group. We welcome them here 
and invite them back to our school any time. 



Debbie Brown and Agnes Dutill 

The Saint Patrick's party was held on 
March 16th in the field house. Mrs. Lindquist 
and Mrs. Ford were in charge of this event. A 
lot of people were invited including a former 
student, Michael Corman. They did all sorts 
of dances, and some played the accordion and 
piano. Mrs. Lindquist, Mrs, Frey, Mrs. Ford 
and her mother taught a couple of us how to 
do the dance called "Shoe the Donkey." It 
was really a lot of fun. We even did it at 
the Saint Patrick's party and Mrs. Ford's 
mother played the accordion « 

We would like to thank all of the people 
who made the Saint Patrick's party so fantastic 

The Service ProjecJ: is a new project in 
Overbrook. Mrs. Lmdquist started this new 
project where you can help someone with something 
that they would like to learn. 

It is a project where you can work and still 
have fun. You work for ten hours and then you 
get a card punched. This card has ten numbers 

on it» When you work for an hour ^ you get an adult 
to sign it and then Mrs, Lindquist will punch rt, 
Carmella Lovitt and Carson Shrawder were the first 
two students to get their cards punched « After 

ten hours are finished you get to go on a field 
tripe The first field trip was held the second 
week in April. It was a tour of Atlantic Aviation, 

We feel that the Service Project is a great 
idea and hope that it will continue throughout the 
years e ■■■-■: /. ■ 

There is a new paper published every month 
that tells what goes on in the cottages. It is 
called The Cottage Caper. I think that this is 
a good idea because it let; the parents know what 
goes on in the cottages as well as in the class- 
rooms * 

A few weeks ago we had a group of student 
teachers that took an interest in the students. 
They were great and were very helpful to us. They 
helped us out during each activity and other times 
as well. They were Barbara Stanton, Chris 
Kosakowski, Brenda Dieter, and Celia Dougherty. 
Some of the activities that they helped with were 
cooking, swimming, dancing, and making decorations 
for the Saint Patrick's party. Before they left 
we had a party for them. A lot of us wrote them 
thank you notes. They were a great group of 
student teachers and we welcome them back any time 




Another one of Mrs. Lmdquist's good 
ideas was to have good citizens of the 

Sometime during the month they have 
a special lunch with Dr. Kerr and Mrs , 
Lindquist in the staff dining room. 

The good citizens for January were 
Luz Arroyo, Patty Cooper, John Sutton 
and John V7aldis. 

The good citizens for February were 
Bernetta Lemon, Faye Wagner, Rodney Gress 
and Carmella Lovitt. 

The good citizens for March were 
Michelle Zimmaro, Jimmy O' Conner, and 
Tommy Spence. 


Deborah Thomas 

During the beginning of April, a 
gymnastics team was formed under the 
supervision of Miss Herrick. This team 
was designed to perform on the outside e 
It consisted of ten members. The members 
were Donna Brown, LaBrentha Coles, Cynthia 
Neurell, Luz Arroyo, Lindy Morelli, 
Priscilla Gardner, Patricia Cooper, Terri 
Hazzard, Brian McElvaney, and Alberto 
Martinez . 


This was a hard-working team» They 
practiced every day. Every student performed 
on a piece of equipment. The four pieces of 

equipment used were the balance beam, trampo- 
line^ and the even and uneven parallel bars* 

On Wednesday, April 20th, they performed 
for the P.T.A. They did a very good job. 

They were also taped by the three major TV 
stations, ■■■■••- "' ■- ■ 

Good luck to all of them and I hope they 
keep up the good work. ■.^:^^ 


■• ■■■ • ■" by 

Deborah Thomas 

On March 16th, the Juniors and Seniors 
went on a trip to Gettysburg. They left at 
the end of chapel and arrived m Gettysburg 
in time for lunch « They had lunch and when 

everyone was finished and all rested up from the 
long ride, the tour guide had arrived on the bus 

The tour guide gave a lot of background on 
the battle that took place in Gettysburg during 
the Civil War. She quickly gave a summary of 
the Civil War and explained what happened in 
Gettysburg. She told the students what to look 
for on the tour as we rode around* 

After her summary, the bus started and we 
were off on our tour of Gettysburg. As we 
approached the many sites, she pointed out 
their importance. She also pointed out 


out many different statues, monuments, roads, 
battle fields, cannons and buildings. Some 
of the students were amazed at these places. 

After awhile, the students were allowed 
to get off the bus and feel the construction 
of the monuments, cannons, etc. I think that 
they enjoyed this most of all. After those 
few stops, the bus went to the museum and the 
students were allowed to examine the things 
that were there. There also was a souvenir 
store where some of the students purchased 
things. After the long trip, everyone was 
happy and they all returned back to school. 




On March 2 3rd, Mrs. Corbett, Mrs. 
Kauffman, and Mrs. Bacalla took the phys- 
ical science classes and biology classes 
to the Philadelphia Zoo. It was a very 
cold day but still everyone had a wonderful 

On April 14th, Mrs. Bacalla, Miss 
Munro, and Mrs. Corbett took 25 students 
to the Franklin Mint. We saw how coins 
were made and packaged, then we went over 
to the Museum to see a film on the history 
of the U.S.A. In the afternoon, we went 
to a Braille trail where we saw a lot of 




Agnes Dutill 

Mrse Miller* s class spent time in March 
and April getting ready for Easter e They made 
eggs out of string and hard sugar and hung them 
up. They dyed Easter eggs and made Easter . . 
baskets. They had an Easter party. 

Mrs. Miller's class had a student teacher. 
Her name is Barbara Stanton. She was very nice 
to everyone. Before that one, Mrs. Miller had 
Mre Jones as a student teacher. Now she has 
Miss Werst. 

Miss George's class made a bulletin board 
and drew pictures. Their bulletin board is very 
beautiful « Miss George has Miss Heffner as a 
student teacher. Before that she had Brenda 
Deiter. Before Brenda she had Mr. Mueller. 

Mrs. Harp's class made Easter eggs and 
had a party. 

Miss Kaufman's class had a candy store 
called The Sugar Shack. The sixth graders 
were open for suggestions for a name for their 
store and Rodney Bellows thought of The Sugar 
Shack, Then he was entitled to a free piece 
of candy. 

The Sugar Shack was opened on Tuesdays 
and Thursdays for about four weeks. They had all 
sorts of treats that you could munch on. 


The sixth grade and Mt . Bonaccorso made up a 
soFxg about' The Sugar Shack. The sixth grade 
also had a contest where someone from the 
grade would draw a numioer. If the last four 
numbers of your telephone number added up to 
this number you were entitled to a free piece 
of candy. The Sugar Shack was a great success 
and they are planning to take a field trip 
near the end of the year with the profits. 

Miss Kaufman's class also makes up a 
poem every month, 

Mr. Alvarez's class went to the zoo. 
They learned to classify different things by 
the three kingdoms: animal, vegetable, and 
mineral groups. 



Tammie Snyder 

The Junior Girl Scout Troop 1042 started 
the year with a shopping trip to Penney 's 
where they purchased new uniforms. After 
shopping the girls enjoyed dinner at McDonald's 

October and November events included 
visiting a haunted house made by the Seniors 
and Cadettes, a halloween party for all of the 
troops at Overbrook, a hay ride at Valley 
Green ^ and bowling. 

In December, the Junior Girl Scouts rang 
in the holiday season by making decorations 
for elementary hall. 



During the month of January and February, 
the Junior "'cirl Scouts were busy selling 
cookies. The troop sold 33 cases of cookies « 
Becky Woodward was the troop's best seller » 

In March, the girls were busy making 
decorations and plans for a Ste Patrick* s 
Day party with the Brownies. 

Other activities included marching in a 

Girl Scout Parade in center city, a pancake 
breakfast, and the annual Girl Scout Banquets 



Tammie Snyder 

This year our leaders are Miss Herrick 
and Mrse Baglivo. 

We began our year with a cookout. In 
October we made a haunted house for the Junior 
Scouts and Brownies. After that, all of us 

went over to the Nevil Center for a party. We 

also had a hike in the falle -..^,:-..^,r... 

In December we went Christmas shopping « 
We also went Christmas caroling with another 
Senior troop from Narberth* 

During the months of January and February, 
we were selling Girl Scout cookies. 

In March we were busy getting ready for 
the Girl Scout Parade and for the annual Girl 
Scout Banquet which was held at school on 
April 19th. Mrs. Arthur was at our banquet. 


She told about how Girl Scouts got started 
here at Overbrook back in 194 0. She was 
honored with a silver plate with her name 
and the Girl Scout emblem on it. She also 
received the flowers that were on the head 

The Cadettes are planning on having a 
hike. The Seniors are planning on a camping 
trip the last weekend of schools 

We had our annual Girl Scout ingathering 
here at the school on May 3rd. Our part of 
the program was a song in Spanish. 

On May 2 0th there was a Senior camping 
trip for all of the Philadelphia Council. 
Several Seniors went. It was at Camp Laughing 
Waters, which is a Girl Scout Camp. 

I hope that we will have Girl Scouts next 



Debbie Brown 

:• The Cub Scouts have 11 members this year:' 
Keil Unger, Brian Boltz, John Lee, Donald 
Ashworth, Eric Creighton, Rodney Gress, Harold 
Rearick, John Adams, Kevin Erickson, Kevin 
Martin and Oral Henderson. 

This year the Scouts have visited Tyler's 
Arboretum, The Temple University Horse Stables, 
and the Walter E. Saul Agricultural and 
Technical School, 



The Scouts have made kites and Christmas 
decorations, hiked and played ball games « The 
Scout Leader is Mr. Del Frari who is assisted 
by Mr» Larry Singletary and Miss Randy Glaser« 


Tammie Snyder 

Five students: Donna Brown, Darnell 
Golphin, Jim Graham, Tern Hazzard and Judy 
Williams are taking basic rescue and water 
safety on Thursday nights from 6 to 7 o'clock 
for ten weeks. 

Mrs. Squaresky is giving the course for 
the Red Cross. The course consists of practice 
of personal safety skills and basic rescue 
techniques not involving personal contact of 
the victim. 



Debbie Brown ' ' 

The P.T,Ae sponsored some special activi- 
ties this year. 

They sponsored the annual May Fete this 
year on May 6th. For the first time they 
sponsored an Antique Show in the field house 
on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 25, 
26, and 27th. On Monday and Tuesday it was 
open from noon until 10:00 P.M. and on Wednesday 
from noon until 6:00 P.M. 


Although you'll be graduating, 
And I'll hate to see you go. 
There are a few important things 
I'd like for you to know. 

We've shared both good time and bad times 

And whenever I was down, 

1 could always have talks with you. 

For you always were around. 

Whenever I'd be in trouble. 
You would always be right there, 
And deep withm my heart I feel 
The sisterly love we share. 

There's no one to compare with you. 
You've always been kind to me, 
And I'll do my best to be the 
Best friend one could ever be. 

We'll always be the best of friends. 
For our friendship's strong and true, 
And when you're walking down the aisle, 
May God be right there with you. 


* * 

Deborah Selig 

CLASS OF 1977 


LaBrentha Marie Coles 
Patricia Rose Cooper 
Darnell Golphin 
James Patrick Graham 
William Parry Grande 
Terri Lynn Hazzard 
David Anton Lambrecht 
Christine Carol McElwee 
Michael Earl McHugh 
Antonio Origo Robinson 
Karl Robert Schief erstein 
Deborah Lee Selig 
Shawn Patrick Sievert 
Lyle Timothy Sine 
Deborah Ann Thomas 
Judith Diane V^illiams 
Stephen William Young 

Phila« ^ Pa. 
Hatfield^ Pa. 
Phila, , Pae 
Phila. f Pa. 
Roslyn^ Pa. 
Norristown^ Pa. 
Quakertown^ Pa» 
Linglestown, Pa 
Pottsville^ Pae 
Avondale, Pa^ 
Reading, Pa. 
Mohnton, Pa« n 
Mohrsville, Pa. 
Reading, Pa. 
Phila. , Pa. 
Hatboro , Pa » 
Phila. f Pa. 




Farewell to the ones who were all my friends, 
thanks to the ones who lent me a helping hand. 

The months and weeks were very long, 

but when you're having fun, time passes quickly 


Praise the ones who are trying to achieve something, 
and encourage those who are so darn lazy. 

Remember the times we argued, didn't speak, 

it was telling us that things were not meant to be 

that way. 

We laughed, joked together, and those were the 
memories of the way we were, but they will be no 
more . 

But don't forget those times because they'll 
probably be with us for the rest of our lives. 

But time is running out and everyone will have to 
go their own way. 

Then I'll try to get it all off my mind and say 
farewell to everyone « 

Dedicated to everyone in Overbrook 


Deborah Thomas 
' ' ' . * * * * 




Walter Evans 

Greetings, members and friends of the 
Overbrook Alumni Association, In this issue 
we have an abbreviated report of our mid- 
winter social and what other items of interest 
your committee has been able to collect. 

First of all, we wish to make an apology 
to Mrs. Wanda Henry, head of food services at 
Overbrook e Your Chairman neglected to thank 
her in the February column for her part in 
providing the delicious lunch for these 
officers and committee members who attended 
the executive meeting in October o Those of 
us who enjoy Overbrook' s fine hospitality 
when we return do not always realize what 
(behind the scenes) actions make our visits 
pleasant; and I can assure you, Mrs. Henry, 
your efforts are always sincerely appreciated. 

The executive board and committee members 
met in the auditorium the afternoon of February 
19th. There was a treasury balance of $1,160.86. 
The Welfare Committee assisted 9 persons. The 
Grants and Loans fund balance was $12,878.00. 
This committee reported that it had made one 
loan and has one application pending. This 
committee is also preparing a new application 
form. The Ways and Means Committee reported 
that the Blind Artists Concert would be held on 
May 8th e 


The evening's festivities opened with a 
delicious meal served in the dining room. 
Dr. Kerr extended greetings. He gave a 
V7arm invitation to all of us to come back. 
He said we would see some changes including 
more gardens. 

The remainder of the evening was taken 
up with socializing, cards, bingo, and bowling. 

Dorothy DiGirolomo has requested us to 
include a notice that the Edith Rudolphy 
Residence for the Blind is now receiving 
applications for admission. Please send 
all inquiries to 382 7 Powelton Avenue^ 
Philadelphia, Pa. 19104. 

David Hartman of Havertown, Pa., whom 
we have mentioned in previous columns, 
continues to attract attention on his 
achieving a M.D. Degree from Temple University 
Medical School last May. He is the first 
blind person to have earned this degree m 
this century. On June 16, 197 6, David was 
honored by National Recordings for the Blind 
in New York at its 2 5th anniversary banquet. 
The Chief of the Washington Bureau of the 
New York Times paid high tribute to this 
accomplishment and to the part that agency's 
volunteer readers had m assisting him. 
The Reader's Digest for April 1977 carries 
an article "David Hartman' s Impossible Dream." 
Dave remains at Temple University Hospital 
where he has entered upon a six year rotating 
residency which will equip him as a specialist 
in Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine, 



Grant Longenecker, presently residing in 
Lansing, Michigan and who retired in 1962^ has 
been devoting his time as a full time lobbyist 
for Michigan's blind « He has been instrumental 
in having much legislation benefiting the blind 
and the elderly being passed by that state's 
legislature. On October 2, 1976, Michigan 
adopted a resolution commending him for his 
efforts and stating that Grant's efforts merit 
its highest accolade. The resolution was pre- 
sented at a meeting of the Michigan Association 
of the Blind and came as a complete surprise to 

Carl Shoemaker^ Executive Director of the 
Juniata Branch of the Pennsylvania Association 
for the Blind, and Coordinator of Beacon Lodge 
Camp for the Blind, has received still another 
recognition. At a banquet held in State College 
in February he received the "Man of the Year" 
award from the Mid-Counties Optometric Associa- 
tion. There are eleven Optometric Associations 
in Pennsylvania and this award places Carl in a 
position to be considered for a statewide award 
later. Carl, you are going to have to put an 
addition to your house to display your rapidly 
mounting collection of awards. 

In a recent issue of "We, the Blind," a 
publication of the Pennsylvania Federation of 
the Blind, we find news of two citations received 
by Frank Lugiano, Executive Secretary of the 
Luzerne County Federation of the Blind; one, by 
the then President Ford, for Mr. Lugiano* s service 
to his fellow man, and the other, by the Chief of 
the White House Staff, for a half century of 
service to the blind. 


Mrs, Ethel Arthur tells us that Lillian 
Hooks, who has been quite ill since leaving 
Overbrook, has continued studying by taking 
correspondence courses from Princeton Univer- 
sity* She has earned both a Bachelor's and 
Master's Degree in Education. Lillian always 
applied herself diligently at Overbrook in 
spite of ill healthe Congratulations Lillianl 

Rudy Lutter received Penn State's Liberal 
Arts Service to Society Award at University 
Park, April 14th, This award recognizes the 
contribution of the college alumni that enhances 
the quality of service at the local, state, and 
national level. Rudy is a Senior Attorney in 
the Washington, D.C. Headquarters Office of the 
Federal Communications Commission, 

In an earlier column we mentioned that 
Robert, Jr., and Beth Garrett of Collomsville , 
Lycoming Co. had adopted a baby. At the time 
of adoption the child was 1-1/2 years of age. 
It is a South Korean found abandoned in that 
country. She is a visually handicapped girl 
whom they named Apryl. She is doing well and 
knows about 100 words. The adoption was 
arranged through the Tressler Lutheran Services 
Association of Williamsport , Pa, and Holt 
Adoption Agency of Eugene, Oregon. The Garretts 
feel that the one thing they have to offer Apryl 
is love. Robert Garrett, Jr. is employed as 
caseworker by the Lycoming County Branch of the 
Pennsylvania Association for the Blind. 

Helen (Sattazahn) Burr retired March 31st 
as a Rehabilitation Teacher. Helen, whose 
home town is Lebanon, Pa., always had impaired 
vision. She entered Overbrook 's kindergarten 
in 1929 and left the high school department in 
1941. After attending Lebanon High School 


for one year^ she enrolled at Lebanon Valley College 
in 1942 1 and received her degree in 1946. She then 
returned to Overbrook where she took the home teacher's 
course. She was employed as a home teacher by the 
Bedford Branch of Pennsylvania Association for the 
Blind for a year and a half before joining the staff 
of the Office for the Visually Handxcapped, where she 
served in Sunbury, Altoona, and Hamsburg^ While m 
Altoona Helen met Charles Burr, a stand operator m the 
Office for the Visually Handicapped' s Business Enter- 
prises Program, whom she married in 1955c Charles is 
still self-employed as a vending stand operator. The 
Burrs reside at 446 Hale Street, Harrisburg, Pa^ 
During her working years, Helen was assisted by two 
Seeing Eye Dog Guides, Susie and Likae 

Caroline (Kittinger) Roller will retire in June 
from her position as transcribing typist in the Central 
Office of the Office for the Visually Handicapped m 
Harrisburg. Caroline replaced Walter Evans who went 
on leave to take the home teacher's course m 1944 and 
has remained there since. Caroline's husband, Richard, 
is now deceased* 

Jeannette Howells, who now resides at Danbury, 
Conn., attended Overbrook from 1964 to 1970. She 
graduated from public high school, and for a time was 
a candy striper. She received a $100 scholarship at 
the time of graduation. When seen at the mid-wmter 
social, Jeannette was enrolled at the Albany, N.Y. 
Association for the Blind where she is studying Medical 
Transcription and Optacon, She will be ready for a 
job in April. We hope she is happily working by now. 

Ted Young was elected President of the National 
Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania at its organi- 
zation meeting held at Philadelphia's Penn Sheraton 
Hotel on March 12, 1977 « 


While enroute to the February 1977 mid-winter 
social your chairman met an employee of the 
Philadelphia Public Assistance Office who stated 
that Sydney Roseman, who had worked as a case- 
worker for that office, has now retired. 

We have recently heard from George Heim, 
who retired in 1970 as Executive Director of the 
Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, Mercer 
County Branch in Sharon. Although his health is 
not too good, George keeps active with the 
Orwigsburg Lions Club; and serves as ambulance 
dispatcher and takes some fire calls. He tells 
me that Earl Quay is now living in Florida. 
Perhaps George will fill us m a bit more on 
Earl for a future column. 

David Anton of 9 Arch Lane, Levittown, Pa. 
is working in the Sub-contract Department of the 
Pennsylvania Association for the Blind in Newtown, Pa 

Lorame (Smith) Herzog, who spent 8 years at 
Overbrook and completed high school at Burlington, 
N.Jo, now resides at 46 Blue Ridge Drive, 
Levittown, Pa. 

Delores Coombs sojourned in Europe last June 
visiting Germany and Switzerland. She tells us that 
this trip was a most enjoyable experience. Sorry, 
Delores, this item should have been included last 

Harry McCormick of 214 Orange St., Gloucester, 
N. J. recently visited the Baseball Hall of Fame 
at Cooperstown, N.Y. This is the second time Harry 
has visited this place. He states that the second 
visit was a more meaningful one than his first 
visit to Cooperstown. 

21 . 

Leroy and Mary Price, Mrs. Ethel Arthur, and 
Dorothy (Barnard) Shelley recently vacationed in 

Jay Doudna, of the Radio Talking Library in - 

Lancaster, has married Eileen Nardella, School 
Librarian. In the event v/e missed this one in an 

earlier column, Margaret So (Penny) Wright is now 
Mrs» Margaret Wagner. She lives at 116 Sherbrook 
Blvd., Upper Darby, Pa. Penny had once served on 
the Alumni's Publicity Committee . 

Diane Isgro was involved in an accident about 
Christmas of 1976 and spent about six weeks in Sto 
Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia, Pao She is home 
now and is recovering nicely o Diane has obtained- 
a Pilot Doge 

Ralph Sterner of Allentown has been quite ill 
and underwent a long period of hospitalization. 
He is home now and doing wello Ralph lives with 
his mother who is in her late 80 ^s. Murray O^ Connor 
tells us that James Collins of 3927 Spring Garden St., 
Philadelphia, Pa., and Bill Schlechtweg are not too 
well. We trust all are continuing to recover o 

Mrs. Ethel Arthur tells us that Dorothy Anderson 
(not to be confused with the former • manager of the 
Philadelphia District Office of the Office for the 

Visually Handicapped) died recently. This Dorothy ^ 
Anderson worked at the school in Mrs. Webber's office » 
She had retired a number of years ago. She was a 
very friendly person and always willing to help anyone 


Our sympathy is also extended to Mrs, 
Wanda Henry, whose husband died recently of 
a heart attack c The Alumni made a contribution 
to the Heart Association in his memory. 

The Publicity Committee, 
Helen Sherer, Burton Gale, 
Murray O'Connor, Walter 
Evans, Chairman, 504 E. 
Walton Ave. , Altoona, Pa. 



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Deborah Brown 
Agnes Dutill 
Tarrmiie Snyder 
Raymond Cohen 
Gertrude Wayman 
Lori Schweigart 


MrSc Elizabeth Baglivo 



Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


This certainly promises to be a raost 
interesting year As you know, the School 
District of Philadelphia moved its entire 
program, formerly located at the Logan School. 
to Overbrook During the sumraer several 
thousand boxes of books and supplies as well 
as other materials used in their program were 
brought to Overbrook. Tt was a massive under- 
taking to renovate the school, to move their 
program here and to get everything operating 
smoothly but, at this time, things are going 
along well. 

The extensive V7hite Hall renovations to 
convert it into individual^ self --contained 
student apartments have been completed and 
students have m.oved in^ The reaction of the 
seniors who will be participating in this 
program seemed to be very positive and the 
skills to be learned should do much to help 
them become more self-sufficient. 

Overbrook has formed a swim team, this 
year and I know we all feel very proud of 
them for doing as v/ell as they did during 
their first year of competitiono 

As we plan to begin new programs, to 
review existing ones and to do our very best 
to assure the success of this private-public 
school program at Overbrook, this year, as 
stated initially, should be not only interest^ 
ing but also productive. 

Joseph J» Kerr 

My dear Students: 

I have not been ^t the Overbrook School 
long but I love you already and am very happy 
here and feel at home. Thank you for welcom-- 
ing me so warmly and making me a part of this 
great school immediately. 

It has been very encouraging to see how 
many of you are continuing to put forth your 
best efforts and making the most of all the 
wonderful opportunities that are offered to 

you here May this year prove your happiest 
ever I 

I would like to thank you also for ac- 
cepting the changes which we had to make in 
your best interest this year so graciously 
and with a good spirit. Even this is a part 
of your education since the world in which 
we live is changing constantly and rapidly 
and each of us must learn how to adapt 

Reioember that however busy I am my door 
is always open to youc 


Dr. Rita C, Cliggett 

Debbie Brown 

There are many new activities going on 
in the dorm Aside from the student service 
project,- all are new things o 

The biggest one is the daily living ex- 
perience in V7hite Hall for the seniors There 
are six apartments, five for students and one 
for the houseparents , The students will get 
a good idea of what life will be like after 
they leave Overbrook They will have speak-- 
ers coming in, talking about such things as 
living on a fixed income and handling a check- 
ing account o 

Another project which has not yet begun, 
but is expected to start soon, is a service 
offered by volunteer readers who will take 
students to the public library for reports 
and other assignments^ These students will 
get a good idea of what college will be like. 

Another activity is the new dining room 
set-- up. through which students learn not only 
about manners but also about clean«up. Still 
another project is one in which volunteers 
will come to Overbrook and play games with 
the younger kids So you see there are a lot 
of interesting things going on in the dormitory 

too 3 




Tammie Snyder 

The Philadelphia School System and 
Overbrook are sharing the same school build« 

Shortly after Dr : Kerr to Overbrook^ ■ 
Mrs. Korn came to visit the school and to talk 
to Dr.: Kerr to see if there was any way that 
the two schools could be together . 

They went to a lot of meetings in Harris-- 
burg a.nd finally the state let the two schools 
merge. This is only for one year 

The elementary school is under the Phila^ 

delphia system and the junior high, senior high 
and deaf "-blind are run by Overbrook, 

The school that they came from did not 
have Overbrook 's facilities and they thought 
that if their blind students came to our 
school, it would help them, and we could share 
our materials. 

We have about 32 5 students now and the 
Philadelphia students go home every day. They 
start school at nine o'clock and they leave 
at two thirty. 

In all, I think it is going to work out o 
But because of the bus strike a lot of the 
students could not come to school unless they 
found their own way. 




Agnes Dutill 

There are a lot of different locations 
of things this year Here are some of them. 

The Junior Achievement room which used 
to be in the old boys' dining hall is nov/ 
located downstairs where maintenance use to 

During the summer there were four new 
pay phones put in our school. They are 
located in the Rotunda, the Fieldhouse Lobby ^ 
the Teen Center, and the Dining Hall. 

Mr. Barkovich, who used to teach primary 
mobility and physical education is now the 
Boys- Physical Education teacher o 

The halls leading to the old dining rooms 
were painted during the summer. 

During the summer White Hall was remodeled 
into apartments for the seniors so they could 
get the experience of living in an apartment. 



Ray Cohen 

What is a swim team? I talked to Miss 
Herrick about the team and she was glad that 
I did. The swim team is new here at Overbrook 
and a lot of students joined it Miss Herrick 
is the coach. The swim team has three basic 
strokes; the front crawl, which is swimming m 
the stomach; the back crawl i and the breast 
stroke o 

The swim team did a lot this year and it 
really paid off. I think that the team as a 
whole deserves a lot of credit We went to 
North Carolina and took a first in the mixed 
relays and second in the meet Miss Herrick 
thinks that we as a team really did well and 
that we will do better next year. We will 
try to take first at all the meets. 




Lori Schweigart 

rir Mueller is planning the following 
evening activities: 

Interraural goalball, a first aid course^ 
a game center regular activities, a dance 
per months and socials. 

For the younger students, he is going 
to have raotor development and he is also going 
to have teen center open for Lions Hall and 
Biddle House: Mr Mueller also is in charge 
of track and field and he plans to take students 
to Illinois again for the United States Associ- 
ation of Blind Athletes national competition ^ 



Gertrude Wayman 

Dre Cliggett^ Overbrook*s new Principal, 
was born in Philadelphia. She attended Villa- 
nova University and the Catholic University of 
America. Studied at the University of Fribourg 
in Switzerland and Laval University in Canada^ 
She specialized in education, languages and 
theology « 

Her hobbies are, gardening, swinuning, and 
good music « 

She says that she likes it here at Over- 
brook and that the school is full of surprises. 
She keeps dreaming of programs which will help 
the students to become as successful as they 
can and to lead productive lives* 

During the course of the year, she hopes 
to get to know all the students. She hopes 
they all have a safe and happy year« 




Debbie Brown 

VJe have a new nurse this year. Her name 
is Mrs. Thomas She graduated from Bryn Ilawr 
Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at 
the Simpson House, which is a home for elderly 

Her hobbies are cooking, reading and 
crocheting She said she enjoys working here; 
it*s a new experience. She said everybody is so 
friendly . 



Lori Schweigart 

Miss Glatts likes camping, sewing^ 
traveling and sports. She graduated from 
West Chester State College. She says she 
likes it at Overbrook and she says the people 
are nice. 

Miss Glatts is a mathematics teacher and 
this is her first year at Overbrook and her 
first year in teaching. 




Lori Schweigart 

Mro Martin likes to sv^im, enjoys spec- 
tator sports^ and also is involved m 

Christian renev/al conainunity organizations. 

He graduated from LaSalle College and 
got a masters degree in education frora 
Temple University: He had 15 years exper- 
ience at Boeing Vertol Company, of which 5 
were teaching. He also had 10 years with 
Chester=-Upland School District, and a year 
with Philadelphia District and one year with 
Folcroft Vocational Technical School. 

He says he likes it here at Overbrook. 
He likes the Administration^ the staff that 
he has met so far and particularly he likes 
the students o 




Ray Cohen 

Miss Knisell is a 1962 graduate of Over- 
brook and teaches piano and organ Miss 
Knisell is a stone and antique collectorc She 
has a positive feeling about Overbrook's choirs 
and thinks that the Spring concert was very 

She received her B S in music from Fredonia 
University,- which is in New York, and a masters 
degree in music at Temple University. 

Some of the students are doing very well 
in playing and she is very happy to teach them. 
She also has made a record which is called 
"Because of the Good Nev7s" which she put a lot 
of time into She has appeared on the 700 Club 
three times. She is now working with the choir 
and likes it very much: 



Agnes Dutill j 

There is a newly renovated building 
and a set of new houseparents this year. 
The new building is called White Hall and 
the new set of House Parents are Mr. and 
Mrs . Crawford , . ':..:.; . 

Mrs Crawford went to high school in 
Iowa. She enjoys creweling work,- cooking^ . 
sewing^ and playing the guitar^ something 
she wishes she had more time to do. She also 
likes to read^ jog and and watch a lot of sports 

Mro Crawford attended Lake Oregon High 
School. His hobbies are watching sports^ 
collecting books,- cooking and reading a 

Mrs and Mrs., Crawford attended Oregon 
State College. The first time they met was 
on a blind date. (No pun intended) 

The Crawfords seem quite interested in 
the students. They are very nice people. 




Tammie Snyder 

Mrs. Davridge is the new accompanist 
for the Senior High Choir Born and raised 
in the Over brook area* ^he graduated from 
Overbrook High School She was a scholar^ 
ship student at the Ham i It on ' School of Music 
in Philadelphia. 

She teaches the piano privately. She is 
a past performing member of the Matinee Music 
Club*s Piano Ensem.ble and Past President of 
both the Ridley Park and Drexel Hill Music 
Clubs. she plays the organ for her churcho 

lArS: Davridge has two daughters c They 
are unit chairwomen for the Meals on Wheels 
Program. She is also an active member of 
Contact Philadelphia and president of a local 
music bell program. 

Agnes Dutill 

Music is well under way this year at 

The Handbell Choir. There are two 
handbell choirs. They are under the direction 
of Mrs. Cage. The Senior Handbell Choir al- 
ready has two engagements The first one is m 
November, when th.ey will be playing for senior 
citizens The second engagement is in Decem-- 
ber when they are included in a program at the 
Academy of Music with the Philadelphia Orchestra 

The Senior Choir. The Senior Choir, under 
the direction of Miss Deraco has several engage- 
ments planned. The Senior Choir has a new 
accompanist. Her name is Mrs. Davridge and ±ie 
comes from Sharon Hill every Tuesday and Thurs- 
day morning to accompany our choir. 

This year we have the Carolers back to 
bring the Christmas spirit to Overbrook. The 
Carolers are under the direction of Mrs. Boyle. 
Their accompanist is Miss Murray. Last year 
they did 14 different carols and this year 
they are going to do the ones they did last 
year and add to their list* 



Hello everybody 1 It makes me feel good 
having my old job back. We had a little mix- 
up due to the mails and Walter didn't know 
I was made chairman, so I hope this tells you« 

. e .. .Murray C« O'Connor, 1929, .« . 

Mr, William Currlin, our oldest living 
member, has moved to the following address: 
Cheshire's New Southside Nursing Center, 
8037 Atlantic Blvd., 40 Acme St ., Jacksonville, 
Fl. 32211. He would like to express his 
thanks to all of those friends who sent cards, 
notes and remembrances for his 91st birthday 
in August, We will miss him in this area, 
but wish him many happy years in the warmer 

I4rs. Ethel Arthur, a former beloved 
teacher, has been hospitalized, but is now 
at home and acknowledges with much thanks 
the lovely planter sent by the Alumni. 

We regret to report that Mr. Jack Joseph, 
one of our faithful members, passed away on 
September 10th. 

Our sympathy is extended to Mr, Harry 
Ditzler, whose wife passed away during the 
past summer^ 

Our sympathy also goes to Louise 
Ronanick Smith who lost her brother recently* 

The mid-winter meeting of the Alurani 
Association will be held at Overbrook on 
February 2 5th, It will include a fund raising 
luncheon for the Alumni beginning at 10:30 A.M, 


Several alumni members have received 
commendations. Recently Frank Lugiano was 
presented a certificate of commendation by 
Mayor Lisman of Wilkes Barre in recognition 
of Mr. Lugiano' s 50 years of service to the 
blind e - ' 

Rudolph Lutter, Jr.. was commended by 
the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsyl- 
vania for his contributions to humanity 
through his practice of law, teaching and 
efforts on behalf of the handicapped 
Earlier in the year^ he was named 19 77 
recipient of the Pennsylvania State Univer-- 
sity^s Liberal Arts Service to Society Award. 

Arthur Copeland is serving as the first 
president of the newly formed United States 
Association for Blind Athletes _ The USABA 
needs the support of persons interested in 
furthering athletic competition among the 
blind. Art can be contacted at 55 W. 
California Avenue, Beach Haven Park, N. J. 
08008e Telephone (609) -492-1017 . 

Other than what is already in, this is 
all for now. Our committee is composed of 
Lucy Boyle, 1051 Edgemore Road, Overbrook, 
Philadelphia 19151, Mrs. Mary Lutvi , 902 
Wynnewood Road, same city and zip, MrSo Marie 
Mtinis, 2000 Monroe Place, Wilmington, Del. 
and myself. Hotel Blennerhassett , 4th & Market 
Sts., Parkersburg, W. Va. 26101. Our deadline 
dates are as follows s February, (January 15) , 
April 15, and October 15, 1978. Send every- 
thing to me if you will and many thanks. 
Happy Holidays, Everybody! 

Murray C. 0* Connor 





On July 31, 1977, Charlie Hall surrendered 
in his two year heroic battle against cancer and 
passed away at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in 
Philadelphia T was privileged to have been 
closely associated with Charlie since our early 
years of manhood. 

Those who knew Charlie Hall well^ were 
always charmed by his sparkling wit and in- 
tellectual conversation The guy was a fountain 
head of literary knowledge and a writer of sig^ 
nif icance 

Charles was graduated from Over brook in 
1941 and from Penn State University in 1945. 
While at Overbrook and Penn State he compiled 
an enviable record as a scholar and a varsity 
wrestler. After finishing college, he spent 
some time working at his farm near Erie^ Pa. 
For the past fifteen years or so he was a 
proof reader for the Volunteer Services for 
the Blind in Philadelphia. 

Here are some of the Alurani who were 
close to Charlie over the years and who admired 
himi Ed O'Neill,- Ben Pearlman^ Tom Morris^ Art 
Segal, Nello DiGirolamo^ Julian Siewierski, 
Fred Barkovich, George Kettell. During the 
last few years, one of his closest friends 
was Berny Seitlin^ not an alumnus but a very ' 
active blind man in the Philadelphia area. 

With the departure of Charlie Hall^ a 
great void shall exist for those who knew him 
and certainly for me. He was a man of academic 
stature and had one of those minds seldom met in 
the journey of life.. He overwhelmed me with his 
profundity and his incisive satire. Yet, he was 
generous and often helped those around him. 
Charlie Hall was a man I shall never forget. 


Walter Evans 
When one steps back and takes a quick 
glance at Leroy, who has given 40 years of 
dedicated service to his fellow visually 
handicapped, the outstanding conclusion is 
that persistence and hard work have paid 
big dividends o 

Born in 1917^ Leroy was orphaned as a 
small child. His early childhood was spent 
in what v/as the Evangelical Orphanage at 
Lewisburg, Pa. This facility is now a part 
of the United Methodist Church as a result 
of church mergers o Although visually im-^ 
paired since his earliest recollection, Leroy 
has maintained the same level of vision 
throughout his life^ 

He entered Overbrook in 1923. However^ 
Christmas^ Easter and summer vacations were 
spent at the orphanage until he reached young 
manhood By then there was so little identi- 
fication with the other residents of the home 
in Lewisburg that it was in Leroy 's best in- 
terest to live at Overbrook during all vaca-- 
tions for the last four years of education 
there. He graduated in 19 37^ _ 

Leroy early determined to be independent. 
He took an interest in handwork. He often 
would sneak into the cane shop at night and 
cane in the dark^ hoping he would not get 
caught o Even when found, he was never dis-= 
couraged to try again^ and quite often suc^ 
cessfully. However,- Overbrook offered him 
some responsibility. He took poultry husbandry 
and in the final year of his stay at Overbrook, 
before graduation,- was in charge of the program. 
He also unlocked the doors and turned off the 
lights each morning^ and he tended the switch-- 
board for about an hour each morning. He 


shined shoes, ran errands, and in his words, 
'"anything to earn an honest nickel" In 
fact, he was involved in so many duties during 
this period that it earned him the title of 
Mayor, the only "Mayor" Over brook ever had. 

When Leroy first left Over brook after 
graduation in 1937, he wotked about two years 
on the W PA, Education program as a home 
teacher of the blind under Russ Webber who 
pioneered this special program Then Leroy 
V7ent to the Northampton Branch of P.. A. Bo in 
Bethlehem which was developing a weaving pro- 

We neglected to include m Leroy 's earlxer 
history that for about a month he served as 
Overbrook"s night watchman as one of his many 
duties o 

Leroy then returned to Over brooks this 
time filling the library position formerly held 
by John Forbes^ and as John did,- he also manned 
Overbrook's switchboard: In the library he 
did a really thorough job completely reorganiz- 
ing the library and in the process catalogued 
every book in the school. This work required 
about a year and a half for completion. 

In November of 1943. he returned to the 
Northampton County Branch of P. A. Bo in Bethle- 
hem ^ This time he was in charge of its work--' 

Then^ in 194 5, it was back again to Over- 
brook where he spent two years as the school's 
field officer. He said of this work that of 
the jobs he had he liked that job best^ except 
for the travel it involved. Here he acquired 
a love for working with people which influenced 
his future lifers work. 


Again, Leroy returned to Bethlehem and as 
shop foreman where he rem^ained until 1963 when 
he accepted the position of Executive Director 
of the Lycoming County Branch of P A.B, which 
position he still holds. 

Leroy had been a Lion since 1945 when he 
joined one of the Philadelphia Clubs, He trans- 
ferred his membership to Bethlehem, and in 1963 
again transferred, this time to the Williams- 
port Club where he takes an active parte He 
is now a past president of the Williamsport Club 
and edits a bi-weekly club paper « 

In 19 4 7 Leroy took an interest in bowling. 
Later he assisted Art Copeland in conducting the 
first two national tournaments of the American 
Blind Bowlers Association and he had complete 
charge of tha Third National Tournaments He 
served nine years as Secretary-^Treasurer of this 
organization and is also a past president. Ife 
is now a life member of the American Blind 
Bowlers Association In 1975 Leroy received 
the Abe Cohen Memorial Award from the Blind 
Bowlers Association This is a non- competitive 
award and Leroy was the first to receive it It 
is an honor in which he takes great pride, for it 
recognizes his tremendous contribution to the 
establishment of the nationwide association. 

During his long career Leroy has served 
on many boards. He served on the Board of 
Directors of Beacon Lodge Camp for the Blind. 
He is a member of the Pennsylvania Federation 
of the Blind and has served on its state boards 
He has served on the board and is a past presi- 
dent of Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind. 
He was president of this organization when it 
reached the million dollar mark in its annual 

Perhaps Leroy is best known to Overbrook 
for his activities in the Alumni Association o 


In 1945 he was elected Secretary-Treasurer 
and since then has filled this position ex- 
cept for three years ^ during one of which he 
was the Alurani * s President. Few of us appre- 
ciate the planning and responsibility he assumes 
as a matter of course which always makes our 
social events a success. 

While still a student Leroy attended the 
Lutheran Churcho He continued his affiliation 
with this denomination while in Bethlehem where 
he sang in his church choir. With his move to 
Williamsport came a transfer of membership to 
a Lutheran church where he still is a member of 
the church choir and on occasion teaches a 
Sunday School lessona 

The Lycoming County Branch of P A.B: which 
Leroy directs is a beehive of activity with 
plenty of work for his employees There is a 
staff of seven In addition to Leroy there is 
a shop foreman ; three home visitors^ and two 
clerical persons. Of these, one home visitor 
and the shop foreman are blind. Twenty three 
persons are employed in his shop, all visually 
handicapped. The shop has a chair caning de- 
partment and also makes Venetian blinds and 
window shades for Pennsylvania industries, but 
by far the best operation is one which produces 
door mats from used automobile tires c This 
product is shipped all over the country; our 
recent cold winter has been especially good 
for this operation. Some nine of his employees 
have two or three days work each week at the 
Grit Publishing Company in Williamsport where 
they assemble the edition of Grit which is 
distributed in the X'7illiam sport areao 

To spend an hour in Leroy *s office is an 
experience 3 He seeks little personal glory 


but gets his satisfaction from his agency * s 

ability to serve its clients .^ Except for 
Williamsport, Lycoming County is rural, and 
in area is the largest county in Pennsylvania. 
His agency serves some 300 clients. Yet one 
gets the impression that here is an aggressive 
agency ready,, willing and able to confidently 
meet the needs of its visually handicapped 
clients o It is agency policy to take the 
service to the clients wherever they may liveo 
His shop does an annual business of about 

VJith all this activity Leroy finds time to 
serve on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes 
Association and each V^ednesday he takes all the 
night emergency calls for the Williamsport 

Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

Married to the former Mary Keglovits in 
1967, the Prices reside at 1039 Franklin St., 
Williamsport, His wife^ known to her con- 
temporaries as "Kegie'% is also a member of 
the Overbrook Alumni Association,. She earns 
high marks both as a cook and as a homem.aker ., 

So Congratulations, Leroy, on the fortieth 
anniversary of your graduation. You have left 
your imiprint on those whom you discovered as 
a field officer and started on the road to an 
education in Bethlehem, where you are remembered 
with warmth and affection by those with whom 
you worked in Williamsport^ where you capably 
serve your agency^ its clients, and the com- 
munity and especially in the hearts of the 
Alumni members who join with Overbrook -s staff 
both past and present in numbering you among 
its distinguished sons o 

Walter Evans, Profile VJriter 

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Agnes Dutill 
Jim Young 
Ray Cohen 
Tammie Snyder 
Debbie Brown 
Chris Faber 


Mrs 3 Elizabeth Baglivo 


Mr o Murray O ^ Connor 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


My dear Students i 

On January twentieth, you will recall 
that we had a very heavy snowstorm and 
many of us spent the first hour of the 
school day in the auditorium. I want to 
thank you for your fine cooperation on that 
day. Christal Raymer was a great help and 
Stephanie Varner played all of our requests 
beautifully . 

I enjoyed being with you in an in^ 
formal way and I felt proud of how maturely 
you conducted yourselves. It is in these 
little crises of life that we show who we 
really are and learn to know each other 
better o 

Thank you all again! 


Dro Rita Co Cliggett 


-^ JD-Qima ..3x own 
Thomas Smith 


Stephanie Varner 

Marie Brogan 


Deborah Brown 


Karen Metzner 
Christopher Kuczynski 



Luz Arroyo 
Rodney Bellows 
Adalberto Martinez 
Robert Rider 
Jimmy Young 


Anthony Ballou 

Robert Banks 
Michael Rider 
John Sutton 


William Ankenbrant 
Billy Chen 
Benjamin Heme 
Craig Johnson 
Licinda Morelli 
Levi Randle 
Tony Mul^ 


Loretta Bowen 
Susan Clardi 
Carmella Lovitt 
Lisa Hertzog 
William Johnson 
Antonio Relvas 



Agnes Dutill 

There is a lot going on in the Music Department 

The Handbell Choirs 

There are two handbell choirs. They are the 
Junior and Senior Choirs The Junior Handbell 
choir participated in the Christmas program which 
was held on December 2 2 and December 23. They 
played tv/o well-known and favorite carols^ "Joy 
to the World" and "Silent Night" ^ They did a 
very good job 

The Senior Handbell Choir had three engage- 
ments. The first one was in Phoenixville to play 
for AARP. It was on November 2. The second one 
was at the Academy of Music to participate in the 
Children's Concert. The third one ^ at the Hilton 
Hotel in New Jersey. January 23^ had to be can-- 
celled due to the snov;. They were also in the 
Christmas program. 

The Qverbrook Carolers 

This year there were 13 carolers and they ^ 
learned 22 carols. They were under the direction 
of Mrs. Lucy Boyle and Miss Edith Murray. They 
had several engagements. On December 13 they went 
to the Ben Franklin Hotel and after supper they 
went to the Inglis House. Then they went to the 
Chapen Home for retired citizens. Everyone had 
a lot of fun. Then, on December 21, they sang a 
few carols on the balcony of the rotunda o 

They also participated in the Christmas pro-- 
gram with the kindergarten and elementary chorus. 
The kindergarten students sang Silent Night in 
German and then everyone sang the first verse o 

Music News continuedo o o 

The Senior Jghoir 

The Senior Choir was very busyo The first 
engagement they went on was to sing at the church 

that Dr. Kerr attends o That was on November 20 o 
The second one was to a steak house in Wildwoodo 
On their way back, they had just crossed the Walt 
Whitman Bridge and the bus had mechanical problems 
They didn't get back to school until 2^30 AoMo ! 

They then went to the Walnut Park Plaza on 
December 8th o They went to Rydal Park Retirement 
Home on December 14 and on December 19 they went 
to Narberth Baptist Church o 

Miss Deraco has two groups of students that 
are in the choir o They are the n\ixed ensemble 
and the girls ensembleo They also sang at the en- 
gagements mentioned aboveo . 

The Senior Choir also had a fruit cake sale 
which was very successfulo They had the sale so 
they could raise money for the treasury o They 
sold over 100 fruit cakes o 



Jim Young 

I was on my way into towno 

The golden sun was streaming down^ 

I could take my time, and didn't need to hurryo 

I had no need to fret,^ I had no need to worry o 

I stopped to rest at an aged shack. 

Then I didn t notice that the sky was turning black 

But when I rose and went outdoors^ 

I felt the wind and cold, galore. 

I had the same distance to go. 

Eight miles to town, eight miles to homeo 

I double timed across the ridge, 

Down the path and over the bridgeo 

By the time I got to the end of the path,- 

The snow was about an inch and a half. 

By the tim^ I got to Blacksmith Road^ 

The snow was twelve inches and still hadn^t slowedo 

I plodded on through the blinding snoWo 

I only had six miles to gOo 

It was snowing harder than before o 

I prayed to God it would snow no more. 

I dragged on through four feet of snoWo 
I only had about a mile to gOo 
I climbed a hickory tree to see 
How far the town was ahead of meo 

I couldn^'t believe the glorious sights 
I saw the glowing town by night o 
I hurried on with joy and dreads 
I didn'-t see the cliff ahead o 

I couldn't see through the heavy snow^ 

And then the wind began to blow^ 

And as I took my final step 

I smiled with joy and then I slepto 


Ray Cohen 

The band^ which is directed by MTo 
Bonaccorso^ is not doing too much this 
yearo In the beginning we had a good bando 
It is still good today but not as good as 
back in the early 1970 -s when we had about 
30 to 4 5 members compared to the eight we 
have noWo . ^ ' ■- 

The members of the band are? Donna 
Brown^ John Robinson^ Brian McElvaney^ 
Thomas Smithy Thomas Caramandi^ Tony Ballou^ 
Carson Shrawder and Raymond Cohen « 

In 1977, the band learned "We^ve Only 
Just Begun" by the Carpenters and "Grazing 
in the Grass" by the Fifth Dimensiono Now 
we are working on "The Stars and Stripes For= 
ever" ^ the famous march which almost every 
band knows o 



Agnes Dutill 

The Student Council has been working 
on a lot of different things since the 
school year has begun o 

They have been working on getting a 
soda machine on campus o The committee that 
was chosen to get the information about it 
had contacted a few soda companies « Then 
the council had decided on which company 
they w^ould like and the soda machine is now 
in place on the landing next to the old 
g i r Is - di n i ng hall o 

They discussed having a student loungeo 
They can't figure out where there is a 
vacant room to have the lounge^ so someone 
said that they would try to find a vacant 

room.o . . . 

They discussed ways to have the Teen 
Center run a little more smoothly so there 
would not be so much confusiono They came 
up with an ideai at one of the counters 
they would buy candy, at another counter 
they would buy sodas ^ and at another counter 
they would buy hot sandwisheso 

The council still plans to keep active 
and try to work for what the students would 
like at Overbrooko 



Agnes Dutill 

The Wrestling Team has a new coach this 
yearo His name is Mro Mueller o Their other 
coach is Mro Barkovicho 

They had a very busy schedule this yearo 
This is how it went f 

Tuesday,^ December 6^ Germantown Fr iends^-Home 

Saturday, December 10,^ West Virginia School for the 

Blind-- Away 
Thursday^ December 15, Pennsylvania School for the 

Deaf- Home 
Tuesday, December 20, Overbrook High School--Away 

Thursday^.. January 5^ Girard College-^Home 

Saturday, January 7, Maryland School for the Blinds- 
Saturday, January 14, three way meet with Perkins, 

Batavia & Overbrook at Batavia 
Wednesday,, January 18, Haverford School-^Away 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday^ January 27, 28 & 29^ 

the big meet, the EAAB 
Tournament was held in 

The last meet vms February I'-Glen Mills School 

for Boys --Home 

The wrestlers were Maxwell Hale, Michael 
Stewart^ Timothy Boyer^ Jose Mates ^ Thomas 
Caramandi^ Rodney Bellows^ Brian McElvaney^ John 
Sutton^ Thomas Smithy Ardies Mitchell and 
Walter Johnson o 




Agnes Dutill 

There are seven cheerleaders and their 
coach is Miss GlattSo The cheerleaders are 
Donna Brown, Luz Arroyo, Lindy Morelli, Linda 
McDaniels^ Priscilla Gardner, Tammie Snyder 
and Agnes Dutillo We had practice on Mondays 
and Thursdays from 6^30 PoM. to 7.30 PoMo 

This year we worked on cheers with rhythnio 
Miss Glatts' sister came in to the school to 
teach us new cheers o 


The Pep Club is a group of people who 

sit in back of the cheerleaders and cheer 

along with themo They really help us outo 

They wear red sweaters on the days that we 

have wrestling meets o We really are fortu- 

nate to have a Pep Clubo 

Tammie Snyder and Agnes Dutill 

There are two Junior Girl Scout Troops o Troop 

#655 is led by Mrs^ Hagertyo Her helper is Betsy 
McDonaldo They have ten girls in the troop o 

This year they are doing badge worko They did 
the sewing badge = The requirements were that they 
make their own sewing bags and learn the parts of 
the sewing machine o 

Another badge that they worked on was the pen 
pal badge o They wrote letters to the pen pals and 
also sent them presents and Christmas cards o 

The badge that they are doing now is the skating 
badge o They plan to go ice skating, roller skating, 
do a first aid kit with MrSo Thomas, the school nurse^ 
and help Miss Herrick clean the skating closeto 

They are planning several special activities o 
Bob Nelson plans to take them on a toboggan ride 
pulled by his two husky dogSo They are also planning 
an overnight at MrSo Hagerty'^So 

The other Junior Girl Scout Troop, #1042^ which 
is led by Miss Gilmour^ worked on the dancing badge o 
At the beginning of the year they had a fly-up 
ceremony^ which is when you are still a Brownie you 
swing on a swing ^ then jump off and then you go 
into your Girl Scout years o 

Both of the Junior Troops sang Christmas carols 
in the rotundao They did the carols in sign language o 

The Cadette Girl Scout Troop is led by Miss 
Quackenbusho They are working on the chef badge o 
One of the requirements is to invite people to a 
dinner o They went to see the play called Christmas 
Carols Christmas Carole The day after that they 
went Christmas shoppingo 


Girl Scout News continuedooo 

Senior Girl ScoutSo There are only five girl 
scouts in the Senior troop ^ Their leaders are Miss 
Herrick and Mrs o BaglivOo The Senior Scouts are^ 
Gertrude Wayman^ Donna Brown, Hallie King, Tamraie 
Snyder and Agnes Dutillo 

In the beginning of the year they to6k a hikeo 
They went Christmas shopping, had a Christmas party 
and also went caroling around the neighborhood, in- 
viting anyone in the junior high and senior high 
who wanted to come along. 

Some of the girls are working on aid bars 
which are almost like badges = 

Activities planned for the future are going 
ice skating and making candles o 

One of the girls in the Senior Troop ^ Donna 
Brown ,^ is going to the Poconos in February o 

All of the girl scouts in the school sold 
Girl Scout cookies at the end of January o Some 
of the juniors went to Girard Bank and three 
seniors went to 30th Street Station to sell 
cookies o 

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Ray Cohen 
we have a group here at Overbrook called the 
Cub Scouts o Their leader is Mro Del Frario The Cub 
Scouts is an organization which prepares boys for 
Boy Scouts o 

The Cub Scouts this year got off to a full swing ^ 
They^ve had hikes ,^ cookouts ^ and also an annual Christ-^ 
mas party o Mr^ Del Frari said that it went very wello 
In the future^ the Cub Scouts are going to learn crafts^ 
knot tying ^ first aid^ and how fires are helpfulo 

In recent years the Cub Scouts leader was MrSa 

The Walter Fortune Memorial trophy was won by the 
Boy Scouts of Overbrook o It was won for advancemento 
The trophy was presented by Mro Walter Jordan and Mr o 
Larry Ryan in Chapel on November 16^ 1311 ^ The trophy 
was accepted by Ray Cohen » 




Ray Cohen 

What is the Coin Club? The Coin Club is a 
group of people who talk about coins both recent 
and antiqueo It is also a place where you can 
buy coins o The prices of many coins are pretty 
highy but some are cheap enough for young people 
to collects 

The club is an outside organizationo The 
sponsor is Mr. Henry Harbage^ Mr o Harbage had 
been President of the Coin Club and now is the 
Treasurer o Several students were interested in 
the clubo It is something really good to joino 

I think that the Coin Club in the future is 
going to attract so many people that Mro Harbage 
will have to take a busload to the clubo 

The Coin Club has all sorts of dinners and 
an auction^ It has been in existence for over 
30 years and the name of it is the Main Line Coin 
Clubo It is in Oakmont and meets on the first 
Thursday of each montho At present the following 
Overbrook students are junior members g Ray Cohen ^ 
Michael 0*Donnell, Carson Shrawder and Michael 
Dunkelberger o 

There is also a Philadelphia Coin Club^ of 
which I am not a member but I wish I wereo It 
reaches all throughout Philadelphiao 

The object of having a Coin Club is to collect 
all different coins and have coin showSo The coin 
shows would be held at the Media Holiday Inno Coins 
are also shown and bought thereo 

There is an AoNoAo ^ the American Numismatic 
Associationo That is another organizationo It 
is big and is known all overo Numismatics is the 
science-hobby of coin collecting « 




Debbie Brown 

The dormitory activities at Overbrook are 
well under wayo The first of these is a new 
program for the students in Lions Hall and 
Biddle House ^ where they learn games and action 
songs o 

The second group of students is now in White 
Hallo Every couple of weeks they will have speak 
ers come in so they will be prepared for life 
after they leave Overbrooko Also^ they may be 
taking a trip to Washingtono 

There will be a nun coming from Our Lady of 
Lourdes to give confirmation classes in the even- 
ings so that students can be confirmed in Marcho 

Along with all of this^ we still have our 
evening activitieSo 




Chris Faber 

Mrso Stewart is new at our school this 
year. She is a housemother of ten children 
in Burritt cottage. She graduated from 
Barrington College in Rhode Island in 1975o 
Her favorite hobbies are basketball and 
tennis o Her ma j oy was physical educationo 
MrSo Stewart is learning a great deal at 
school this year because she enjoys working 
with children. 



Chris Faber 

Goalball is one of the activities planned 
in the evening » Mro Mueller is in charge of 
the game and it is held in the gymnasium during 
activity periods Monday and Wednesday nights „ 
Goalball was added to the list to give the 
kids something to do and it is a sport that 
anyone can playo There are ten teams with 
three people on each team for a total of thirty 
people. The ball must be rolled on the ground 
and protected from going over the lineo Goal- 
ball started in West Germany o It is played in 
four periods with five minutes in each period. 
Of the ten teams ^ the top four will go into 
the playoffs. 




Agnes Dutill 

This year we have three new librarians! 
Miss Paul, Mrso Turner and MrSo Fordo 

Miss Paul attended Northeast High School 
in Philadelphia, Shippensburg State College and 
Villanova University ^ She enjoys people, movies, 
knitting and needlepoint o Before she came to this 
school she was a librarian at a university and 
at different public schools o 

MrSo Ford is a library aideo She attended 
Girls West Catholic High Schoolo She also at-^ 
tended Sto Joseph^s College for two and one half 
years and majored in accounting o She is married 
and has three childreno Her husband helps out on 
Thursdays with activities o She came to Overbrook 
a few years agOo She was formerly an aide m the 
computer program hereo One of her hobbies is 
skiing ^ 

MrSo Turner went to high school and college 
in Baltimore, Marylando She enjoys reading, knit- 
ting and gardening o Before she came here she 
worked at the Shaw Junior High School in Phila- 
delphia o 




Debbie Brown 

Dr. Kerr has a new secretary named MrSo Latcho 
She graduated from the Philadelphia High 
School for Girls and attended business school o 
The past ten years she has worked in a business 
office in Haverfordo 

She lives in Narberth,; Pao ^ is married and has 
two daughters o She said that this is the best 
place she has ever worked! 




by ; 

Miss Costers 6th Period Class 

This story is about a moose and a bison 
in the Touch and Learn Center o 

The moose was very bigo The moose has 
two big ears and it has a long bodyo The 
moose has antlers o (They are horns) 

The bison is a small animal o The bison 
is not as big as the mooseo He has spongy^ 
curly hair o 

We thought the moose was very exciting o 
The bison was pretty good toOo 



Greetings from the Associated Blind of Wood 
County.. West Virginia, the presidency of which I 
received through a flukeo I took the office of 
Vice President of the group, feeling sure T wouldn't 
have any work to dOo However^ our President died^ 
elevating me to the above-^mentioned positiono Well^ 
since I have it I'll do the job to the best of my 

Am sorry to report that the Home Teaching classes 
have been depleted by the following members going to 
their eternal rewardi Thelma Dutko^ Margaret Crawford^ 
Catherine Keough, all of whom were members of what 
is now our Overbrook Alumni Association. All began 
their work with the blind in various parts of the 
state,, and worked their way up to their various 
positions o Having worked with Thelma, through our 
Alumni, I know what an active person she waSo We 
shall milss all of these members very mucho I be- 
lieve that Thelma was preceeded in death by her hus- 
band, Joe^ but I am not surec Miss Keough was in 
Overbrook during the early days of the Alumni o 
Unfortunately^ I did not know either her or Miss 
Crawford o Our sympathy goes to Arthur Cope land 
whose wife,^ Helen,- passed away on January 8, 197 8 = 

Now that we have the bad news out of the way^ 
let ^ s go on to something more pleasant o 

I understand that our legal friend Rudy Lutter^ 
Jro ^ has done more traveling than I have^ and put 
his journeys to good use as wello He has visited 
various countries to ascertain their legal aspects 
of television and radio broadcasting^ It sounds 
like quite an undertaking and our friend Rudy is 
just the one to do ito Good luck, Rudyo 

Sebastian Demanof is now President of Phila- 
delphia^s Down Town Lions Club^ having been elected 

Alumni continuedo o o 

and installed last siJinmero As a fellow Lion, 
some time when in Philly^ I must attend one of 
your meetings, Sebastian. Whether or not I re- 
main on earth long enough to attain that office 
remains to be seeno Congratulations, Lion 
Sebastian, and may the remainder of your term be 
a prosperous and fruitful oneo : ; . 

Good old Russ Webber still keeps active 
although officially retiredo He has quite a 

thriving chair caning business at his home in 
Marion and was written up quite extensively m 
the Main Line Times o Russ was always a good man 
to give his fellow blind a helping hando I know 
whereof I speak for even though I am not a Penn== 
sylvanian by birth, when I started on my welfare 
work here, I called Russ a number of tiroes and 
always received a courteous welcom.e and sugges^- 
tions as to how to do somethmgo That's our RusSo 
He has done other things for the school, teachers 
and pupils alike, TUl warrant, too numerous to 
mention and many of which I doubtless shall never 
knowo Russ, how was Christmas in the Maine woods? 
I hear you and Agnes went up there and I hope had 
a grand time o If those Maineiacs treated you and 
Agnes half as well as you two have often treated 
us, IM be proud of theroo 

As for me, I spent Christmas near woods in 
northern California and southern Oregono Since 
my mother^ s passing I have spent the past three 
Christmases with my cousins there and thoroughly 
enjoyed themo 

It hardly seems possible that many of my 
friends and I are enjoying retirement, but such 
is the caseo Ed and Ethel Henry told me when I 
visited them a couple of summers ago they hoped 
to do some traveling now that he has joined the 
retirement ranks o During that same visits I found 


Aliimni continued»«a 

Grace Tangert also retired and is enjoying keep- 
ing her own hoine« 

Well^^ I guess iWe exhausted all my news for 
this issue. Many thanks to your former columnists 
Walter Evans and Russ Webber for your it ems o Speak- 
ing of Walter,- he is having dog trouble and expects 
to go back to Seeing Eye for another four= legged 
companion very soon. Am also pleased to learn 
that Mrso Evans is much better. Keep well, every-- 
body^ and don't bring home a cold as I did from the 
west coast o Remember our committee members^ Lucy 
Boyle, 1051 Edgemore Road, Over brook, Philadelphia^ 
Pdo 19151, Mary Loutvi 902 Wynnewood Road; same 
city and zip, Marie Munis^ 2 00 Monroe Place, 
Wilmington-, Delaware ^ (sorry,- do not know her zip) ,^ 
and myself, Hotel Blennerhassett ,- 4th & Market Sts . ^ 
Parker sburg,. Wo Va. 2 6101 o Next deadline is Saturday^ 
April 15th. Meanwhile, Happy Easter to you all. 

Murray Co 0^ Connor o 1929 o 



An outstanding example of the motto that persistence 
is the key to success « 

Born in Philipsburg^ No Jo , Grif has always 
had impaired visiono Left fatherless at an early 
age, he realized early in life that his efforts 
would be required to augment the family income o 
Although he has retained some residual vision all 
his life 7 this vision was never sufficient for him 
to function without the aid of braille o 

Griffs education at Overbrook began with the 
kindergarten and he obtained all of his elementary 
and secondary education hereo 

At an early age,, Grif had some thoughts of be-= 
coming a floristo He cared for the window flower 
boxes on the second floor of the School Hallo The 
flowers were watered twice a weeko He replanted 
some of the geraniums and purchased some with his 
own funds o 

Grif contributed generously of his partial 
vision to assist those totally blindo It naturally 
followed that his services were sought as guide by 
the totally blind who sold magazine subscriptions 
under Mro Cowgill'^s supervision, Mr^ Cowgill being 
the principal at that time of the boys' schoolo 
For the information of the younger generation^ 
Overbrook in effect operated separate schools, one 
for the boys and the other for girls, chorus being 
the only coed activityo 

Grif immediately saw the income potential 
available from the profit to be realized from the 
commission from magazine subscription saleSo So 
began an unending series of appeals to Mro Cowgill 
to let him do some sellingo Mr = Cowgill 's response 
was his usual, '*Gad, no*V, and added that Grif was 
not old enough to wear long pants o When, at the 
age of eleven, he returned from Easter vacation clad 

Profile, Robbins, continued= o o 

in his first pair of long pants,- Mr o Cowgill relented 
and Grif's career in salesmanship might well be dated 
from this points 

Grif says of this period.. "It had its unusual, 
and sometimes amusing moments". On one occasion 
he and a friend were met by the police who suspected 
them of attempting robbery as they went from door 
to door seeking magazine customers o 

During summer vacations. Grif ferried people 
across the Delaware River at a point near his home 
in a row boat which he had acquired. When one of 
these trips ended on some rocks, he still collected 
his fare, and disposed of this crafto He then ac-^ 
quired a larger boat which served as a floating 
vegetable market, with riverside campers as his 
customers ^ 

Overbrook years were pleasant years for Grif^ 
Many week ends were spent as guests in the homes of 
fellow students, and his home was a favored place 
to which many of his fellow students were invitedo 
Thus developed many of the friendships which he 
still cherishes. He particularly recalls the many 
good times spent with the late Ray MuniSo 

During his years at Overbrook^ Grif increased 
his magazine subscription business o He maintained 
a file of his customers paying particular attention, 
to renewals^ and by the time of graduation from 
Overbrook,- he had some 1^200 customers o A chance 
meeting with Philadelphia - s General Agent for the 
Aetna Insurance COo as a potential magazine custo-- 
mer^ set Griffs mind on the goal which was to be» 
come his life-s worko During this encounter^ Grif 
was asked if he had ever considered selling life 
insuranceo It was evident to both that here in the 
files of the magazine subscribers lay a potential 
market for insurance sales o Grif entered the 


Profile^ Robbins^ continuedo o o 

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 
where he majored in insurance = During his college 
years he kept up his magazine business which helped 
to defray the college expenses, including paying his 
fellow students for necessary reading as it often 
was not possible to secure volunteer reading o 

Grif received a Bachelor of Science from the 
University of Pennsylvania in 1924 and immediately 
was employed as an insurance agent by Aetna where 
he still remains after 53 years. At first it 
wasn^t easy" said Grifo Ways had to be devised to 
perform tasks performed by his seeing colleagues o 
Being proficient in braille, he used this system 
to its fullest advantage o Volunteers Services for 
the Blind brailled both the rate book and the ap-= 
plication, and the latter Grif memorized. Thus he 
could have the prospect aid in the completion of 
the applicationo 

In 1974, with the completion of 50 years of 
service with Aetna, this company marked the event 
with a news release directed to "Friends and Policy 
Holders of Henry Griffith Robbins'^ In it they 
gave high praise to his accomplishments^ stating 
that during his 50 years of service he had seen 
many changes in the insurance field and that he had 
kept pace with all of themo He had thought of re- 
tiring at age 65 but then what? He would miss the 
opportunity to meet and serve people, something 
which he really enjoyed and which made his work most 
pleasant o 

He made it a habit to maintain close contact 
with his policy holders, sending them birthday and 
anniversary cards o Birthday cards to children were 
always signed in braille which made a hit with themo 
On the other hand, he never wished a prospect to be 
advised of his visual handicap, feeling that if he 
could just meet the person he could do the resto 

Profile^ Robbins,^ continuedo o o 

He usually did| one reason for his phenominal 
success o His motto was "The policy that stays 
is the policy that pays^'^ He discouraged those 
who thought to surrender their policies^ and would 
not permit a policy to lapse if he could prevent ito 
Those with mature policies were counseled to let 
them continue as an investment; another reason for 
his popularity as an agent o He numbers in his 
clientele the fourth generation of many of his 
original policy holders o 

Grif always traveled,- whenever practical, by 
public transportationo He used a taxi only where 
walking distance was too great from trolley or bus 
lineo Ability to travel independently was the first 
subject Grif stressed to those who ask for advice 
as to a career^ Many of you readers can still hear 
him say. "you must be able to navigate^'o 

His long and active working life has brought 
its share of unusual and amusing inci dents o Per- 
haps the best known happened one day when Grif was 
walking on South Penn Square in center city Phila-- 
delphiao He stepped into an open manhole: landing 
on an unsuspecting, frightened,- and obviously 
angered worlonan. After apologizing for this ac- 
cident. Grif asked if the workman had insurance^ 
Finding that he had none ,7 Grif made certain he had 
another client before climbing out of the manholeo 
News of this event found its way into the local 
media but it did not end there o Lowell Thomas^ 
popular radio newscaster of yesteryear^ ever alert 
for the unusual,, picked up the item and aired it 
on his 6s 45 PoMo nationwide news casta 

Aside from the field of insurance his interests 
have been many and varied= He assisted six young 
men through collegeo He served on the Board of 
the Center for the Blinds Philadelphiao He served 
on the Board of Beacon Lodge Camp for the Blind o 

27 o 

Profile, Robbins , continued o o o 

When this vacation caitip was being established, he 
raised over half of Philadelphia^^ s quotao He has 
assisted several blind persons in finding jobSo He 
was instrumental in having blind persons m one 
location accepted in private homes on a room and 
board basis o 

Grif has maintained an active interest in 

Overbrooko For years he gave Hallowe-en parties in 
Allen, Burritty Elwyn and Fisher cottageSo He pro° 
vided' Christmas trees for all Over.brook'^ s cottages^ 
Each spring he provided two prizes,' one for the most 

helpful boy and the other for salesroanshipo 

The Overbrook Alumni Association has also 
benefited from Grif-s effortSo He has helped with 
fund raising projects,. For 2 years he served as 
Secretary'-Treasurer and two years as President o 
He has been a Director on numerous occasions and 
is always a chairman or member of one or more of 
the Alumni ^s committees o 

In 1943 Grif married the former Gertrude 
Guldner, RoNo In addition to being a beloved 
helpmate, for years four days a week she assisted 
in the office both as reader and secretary o This 
couple reside at 2 4 Sto Denis Avenue, Havertown and 
are active in Havertown'^ s Sto John's United Church 
of Christo 

And what of the future? Now in his mid 70 's 
Grif is still selling insurance o However, he has 
slowed down a bit and prefers to work in specialized 
areas o There are still some long time policy 
holders who insist on having his brand of counselo 
He is a prime example of the statement that the 
himian body like a machine will rust out quicker 
than it will wear outo As we see it, there is 
still plenty of wear left in Grifi 

Walter Evans 










Lavinia Braxton 
Deborah Brown 
Susan Clardy 
Michael Dunkelberger 
Agnes Dutill 
Christopher Faber 
Priscilla Gardner 
David Goldfield 
Licinda Morelli 
Michael Rider 
Wayne Thompson 


Mrs. Mildred Bender 


Mr, Murray O'Connor 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 



It is hard to believe it is November already 
as it seems only yesterday we were making final 
preparations for the opening of school. 

Overbrook is now in its one hundred forty- 
seventh year and for a school which has been in 
existence for so long we continue to have much 
that is neWo 

I am certain each of you is benefiting from 
the programs being offered by the staff and I hope 
each of you has made an extra effort to help make 
the new teachers and houseparents feel at home. 
Perhaps by now a number of you have had an oppor-- 
tunity to meet the new principal of Philadelphia's 
elementary schoolo Her name is Miss Marilyn Moller 
and she is thought of most highly by those of us 
who work with hero 

It certainly is most appropriate to wish our 
teams the greatest possible success this yeari be 
it in cheer leading ,^ wrestling, track or swimmingo 
I know each of Overbrook ^s athletes will do his or 
her best and will represent favorably the great 
tradition we have in sport So 

Finally, I want to wish each of you the best 
year you have yet hado Life and school offer many 
opportunities for success and I hope each of you 
will make every effort to learn from^ to participate 
in and to enjoy the many programs which are available 
to you hereo 

With best wishes, 

Joseph Jo Kerr 


My dear Students, / ' ' ,- . 

There are visible signs of your growth 
every day in: 


feood work habits 

Attention during class 

and even some very good humor about yourselves 
and life in general. 

These signs make me personally very happy 
and 1 know that the effects of their becoming 
part of you will ensure your happiness later on 
in lifeo 

I would like to ask you to concentrate on 
finding ways of helping each other^ Next time 
I greet you through the "Red and White" I will 
take joy in listing the ways I have noticed this 

Keep up the good efforts, 

I am proud of youl 


R. Co Cliggett 
Assistant Director 


Dear Students and Friends: 

I am delighted to have this opportunity to 
greet all of you, and to tell you of my pleasure 
in assuming the principalship of the School 
District of Philadelphia's Program for the Visu- 
ally Handicapped here at Overbrooko The seed so 
lovingly planted by my remarkable predecessor, Mrs, 
Muriel Korn , and by Dr. Kerr when first they 
planned the joining of our programs, continues to 
grov7 and flourish. It is my hope and intention to 
do all Within my power to continue the fine work 
they began. 

I am fortunate indeed in having a highly 
capable and dedicated staff. The graciousness and 
responsiveness to our every need shown by Dr. Kerr 
and Dr. Cliggett has been a great help in getting 
our second year off to a fine start. 

We have many plans for this school year. A 
new Daily Living Skills program is already under- 
way. Many special assemblies are planned. The 
first of these was a Hallowe'en Parade on October 
31sto News of many other activities will be 

My staff and I look forward to a rewarding 
and productive year for all Overbrook's pupils. 
Of course, we are always ready and willing to do 
whatever we can so that our two programs can pro- 
vide every possible service to each student. 

I look forward to a year in which we all grow 
and learn together. 


Marilyn A. Moller 



Elementary Principal 

by ;. --'" 
Lav in la Braxton ^ 

Miss Moller is the new principal of 
the Overbrook Elementary Schoolo She at=-' 
tended Rosemont College before she came to 
Overbrook o She received an undergraduate 
degree from Rosemont College and then went 
to Temple University o After that she at= 
tended Rider College as a graduate student o 

Then as time went by,^ she became a 
principal at Walton Schoolo When Miss 
Moller came to Overbrook School she thought 
that it was very specialo The part she 
thought was the best was when Dro Kerr gave 
her such a v/arro, welcome o 

In her spare time she travels,, reads 
and she also likes balleto She thinks the 
children are very nice and Dro Cliggett 
she thinks is very nice toOo 




Cindy Morelli 

Miss Terry Lamb is one of the new teachers 
here at Overbrook this year. She teaches math- 
ematics during the day along with a special 
class of Spanish at night for those who are 
interested o 

In 1975, she graduated from Penn State 
University with a degree in Spanish, Along with 
that, she had minored in secondary educationo 

The following year,; she taught Spanish in 
the West Chester School District o She later 
studied mathematics at Sto Joseph *s College o 

Before 1975, Miss Lamb went to Holy Spirit 
Elementary School and attended Holy Child Academy 
during her high school years o 

Besides teaching mathematics here at Over« 
brook. Miss Lamb is also one of the coaches of 
our swim teariio She is pleased at the many suc^ 
cesses of the Overbrook teamo 

Playing the piano and all sports are also 
some of her favorite hobbies o 

She likes it here very much and says that 
she enjoys the atmosphereo 

How nice it is to have Miss Lamb as a new 
addition to Overbrook! We wish much luck and ^ 
happiness to her in her career during the coming 
years at Overbrooko 


Overbrook^s Typing Teacher 

■£' by -■ 

D a V i d Go Id f i e Id ^, 

Mro Mall was born in Pakistan, located 
right next to Indiao 

He came here three years ago in 1975. 

In Pakistan, he was taught how to type 
and when he came here to the United States 
he had proper instruction at Temple University* 

In his spare time, he likes to sing rousic^ 
from folk to classicalo He has performed all 
over the United States and Canada,^ such as the 
Smithsonian Institute and "the Benjamin Franklin 
Parkway during Philadelphia'^ s Bicentennial. 

Reading Specialist 

Priscilla Gardner 

Mrs o Brown went to Kutztown State 
College o She got her two degrees at West 
Chester State Col lege o MrSo Brown was a 
reading specialist and assistant director 
of the Learning Center in Wayne, Pao 

Mr S3 Brown's hobbies are raising 
plants and sewing o 



Chris Faber 

MrSo Lewis is an English teacher here 
at Overbrook this yearo 

Her hobbies are music ^ going to museums 
and going to exhibits o 

Mrs. Lewis studied literature and history 
at Cornell University and at Columbia University 

Mrs* Levels thinks that Overbrook is an 
extraordinarily beautiful place. 


Chris Faber 

One of the six new teachers is a Social 
Studies teacher and his name is Mro McCloskeyo 

Mro McCloskey coaches a basketball team 
of high school juniors and seniors and his 
hobby is his seven week old son! 

He has a masters degree in history and 
government from Villanova University o Mro 
McCloskey enjoys teaching at Overbrook because 
the kids are eager to learn and try their best 
and he also enjoys their willingness to help 
each other o 


(' by 

Agnes Dutill 

Regis Renault., from Arachon, France > has come 
to spend a year at Overbrooko He is in the tenth 
grade preparing for the ninth grade in France o It 
sounds a little funny but the grading system m 
France is differento 

In France^ the subjects that Regis took were? 
English, French, German, algebra, geometry^ history,; 
geography, biology and physical education o 

He likes the food m France more than the food 
in the United States. He says that it is quite 
differ en to He does not like the water here in 
Phi lade Iphia. 

In France, the classes are more difficult than 
in the United States. Each day, they begin at 9^00 
o^ clock and the school day ends at SiOO o^'clocko 

Regis likes to read /listen to music, play the 
pianOy to meet and speak with other people,, and to 
take long distance walks. 

Since he hasn * t been in this country very long 
he cannot say just what he likes about life hereo 

In France,- he says^ there is not as much learn^ 
ing equipment as there is at Overbrooko The school 
buildings there are more modern as his school has 
just been builto The houseparents change quite 
f requently o 

The typewriter keyboard is differento They 
have an accent key so that they can make an accent 

Regis has one problem ^- he doesn^t like to 
be interviewed! 




■' ^ Agnes Duti 11 

Mazin Qutaishat is from Salt^ JordaUe 
He is a new student this year and he is in 
the tenth grade o He says that he likes it 
here at O^erbrook and he also likes America, 

, The subjects that he took in Jordan 
werei Arabic,. English,; arithmetic^ science^ 
geography,, history ^ music ^. arts and crafts^ 
gym a,nd mobility. He plays violin^ piano^ 
accordion.,7 harmonica,; melodica^ flute^ guitar^ 
mandolin and trumpets . ■■ - 

The school is much smaller than Overbrook 
and he stays overnight as we do here^ 

We hope that he feels at home here! 


Michael Dunkelberger 

Wiramen Niyomphol 

Wiramen was born in Khonkhan^ Thailand 
but his parents and three sisters now live 
in another town. He attended the Bangkok 
School for the Blind for two years o 

Some of his hobbies are playing music, 7 
swimming and Thai boxing o He is enjoying 
himself so far in this school and this 
country o 

Wiramen is learning to like American 
foodo In his home country they mostly eat 
rice but he likes hamburgers and hot dogs 
^-- and of course^ Coca Cola I 

Sirichai Wiriya 

Sirichai was born in Tark Province^ 
Thai land o He lived in Bangkok and went to 
the Bangkok School for the Blind for six 
years o 

Swimming^ football and Thai boxing are 
his favorite sports o He also likes music 
and he plays the guitar and the triompeto 
Sirichai plans to stay in the United States 
for five years so that he can go to the 
University hereo He says he likes it here 
so far and he thinks it will be a good ex- 
perience for him to live in the United States 
for a while o 


^, Wayne Thompson 

The Seventh Graders need some time 
to realize the responsibility that 
Seventh Graders have to knowo We are still 
used to elementary living o 

Eighth Graders had more time to get 
themselves together o 

In the middle of the year, we might be 
able to get ourselves togethero 


Susan C lardy 

The Daily Living Skills Program is a new 
program this year that includes the residential 
students o The coordinator of the program is MrSo 
Baglivo» Mrs o Baglivo said^ "One of the unique 
things about the program is that the teachers 
and houseparents work together with the students « 

The program takes place on Tuesdays and 
Thursdays at eighth period in the cottages where 
the students and teachers meet. The younger 
students learn such things as how to wash their 
face and hands. The secondary students learn how 
to care for their skin and hair and how to clean 
in different ways c 

The seniors have a separate group called 
the Senior Seminar. The seniors learn how to do 
simple sewing and home repairs^ along with menu 
planning e 

These are some of the things they are doing 
in the Living Skills Program this year« In the 
future they may make some changes « 



by , 

Debbie Brown 

The Reading Center is a new program 
at Overbrook this yearo It is located 
where the girls ^ old dining hall used to 

MrSo Brown teaches reading comprehen-= 
siono Students who feel they need reading 
help come to hero She and Miss Osborne <, 
who teaches braille, decide whether the 
person'"^ s problem is braille reading or 
comprehensiono If the problem, is braille 
reading, the student will be helped by Miss 
Osborne 3 If the problem is comprehension^ 
MrSo Brown will use all sorts of thinking 
activities to keep the student® s mind on 
what he needs o 

At the present time^ there are not many 
classes held in the Reading Centero All 
students are being tested so that they can 
be put in the proper English class for their 
level o 

Visual Tech,^ Optacon and Kurzweil are 
also taught in the Reading Centero 


New English Teacher 
Agnes Dutill 

MrSo Biechler,- born in Montana^ attended 
State College in Wisconsin^ the University of 
Washington and Temple University c 

She has taught elementary and high 
school in several places. She taught in 
Wisconsin. Washington. Pittsburgh^ and in 
Philadelphia, Pao 

Her hobbies are^ reading ,^ jogging and 

She said,^ "I love being here because 
the students are intelligent^ motivated to 
learn ^ and are fun to be withe When I sub= 
stituted last year^ I knew I wanted to be 
hereo Both the faculty and the students make 
me feel welcome e " 




Michael Rider 

I talked with Mrs o Lindquist about the even- 
ing activities for this yearo There is a possi^ 
bility that two parties will be held in the near 
future o Besides the regular activities such as 
Teen Center,. Radio Club, Boy Scouts, etc o there 
may be other items planned ^ 

MrSo Lindquist has stated that she is always 
open for any new suggestions that students may have 
at any timeo Some of the suggestions were? Dr^na 
club^ a Declamation Contest^ a Dance Club, '*Photo= 
genics*S and many other ideas which I cannot state 
at this timeo 

If there are any more suggestions^ you may 
contact MrSo Lindquist at your convenience or when 
she is not busy. 


Stephanie Varner 

"Well Steph, what are you going to do over 
the summer?" This question was asked me by both 
students and teachers o "Oh, I*m going to the 
Governors School for the Arts,'* I'd say and ex~ 
plain what I'd be doing there. 

It wasn'^t the courses offered that made it 
interesting^^ but the kind of place it was and the 
people who - d be there. What a week it turned out 
to be. On Saturday, one week before I was to 
leave p I had a doctor *s appointment for the pur- 
pose of getting a tetanus shot and finding out 
that I was physically healthy. The day before I*d 
leave^ I had a root canal specialist's consulta-- 
tion appointment to find out if T would have to 
have root canal work done* I found out that I 
would have one done without pain contrary to what 
most people thinka What a strange week it v^asi 
filled with both boredom and anticipation. 

The next day., I *m finally there« 

"Let-s get the stuff inside,^ it looks like 
it^s going to rain/' Dad saido 

**Don^t we have to go to that meeting?'% I aske 

'*No^ don't worry I you can put your things in-= 
side/' someone saide 

As you can see^ I wanted to get to that first 
student meeting and find out what I would be doing 
as soon as possible « Of course ^ before I went to 
that meeting I was introduced to the dormitory 
supervisor and to one of her assistants who was a 
student teacher at Overbrooko 


Monday was the first day of music classes 
both in the morning and the evening with a recre= 
ation period in the middle of the afternoon o A 
few days later,, we started oux elective class o 
Mine happened to be a draiTia class. Here are some 
of the things we did in the classes g 

*^'0K,, actors on stage, technical people in lOlBo'" 
I chose acting o I felt that acting would benefit 
me the mosto 

"Now, we -re going to do the (blue fluid) 
exfercise/' the teacher saido This was an exercise 
where we pretended that the teacher had a pump at^ 
tached to our left heel and he would pump fluid into 
our bodies o We would have to make our bodies look 
like they were filling up with this fluido "-'You're 
getting fuller and fuller,/'- he saido As he said 
this, you would make yourself fatter and fatter. ^ 
Then, he would pull out pump,- and all of the fluid 
would pour out of you and you would get thinner and 
thinner until you didn^'t have any fluid m you at all 
and you would fall to the floor like an empty balloono 

There was more than just exercises o We had to 
be human machines, statues, and human obstacle courses 
with people crawling around inside the group of people 
that m^ade up the obstacle course o After everyone v^as 
inside of it, we had to stand up. and as a whole group 
walk out of the classroom.^- down the steps, and out of 
the building o 

One of the most important things I did do was a 
confidence building exercise in which I repeated to 
myself starting from a whisper and building up that 
^'I am somebody*", until I shouted at the top of my 
lungs. After the shouting,; you would bring it back 
down to a whisper o The teacher who gave us the exer-- 
cise told us this? "You will always be somebody. You 
don^t have to say that to people # or show that to 
peopleo You can think that within yourself and be=' 
lieve that within yourself and nobody will take that 
away from youo " 



Now that I^m out of the class, ^ and I look back 
on that experience, I understand what that person 
meant o You have to believe that you're somebody,^ 
no matter if you are an actor or something else^ 
If you don^t believe that, you will always feel 


Linda McDaniels 

This simimer I went to Perkins Summer 
School Program in Bostono Along with me 
went some of my schoolmates,, such as Ray 
Cohen, Carmella Lovitt and Priscilla 
Gardner o It was a good and safe trip, and 
I made a lot of new friends and saw old oneSo 

During my stay at Perkins, these were 
the classes I hads fast food service, typing, 
mobility,^ office practice,, sales ^ home and 
personal management,, and child careo I 

really enjoyed them and I feel that they will 
be of some help in the future o 

After school there were many different 
activities such as bingo ^ baseball, basket^ 
ball, dances, coffee house, movies and many 
other interesting things o There were even 
many outside ones such as boating, skating, 
plays, bowling, amusement parks and carnivals^ 

I stayed in an apartmento It was really 
a good and interesting experience. We had 
many good times together, expecially when we 
gave a party everybody had a marvelous timeo 
The people were really fantastic and the food 
was goodo 

I had a pretty nice time, and a lot of 
good and interesting things happened during 
my stay at Perkins o 



"-Sightless since birth,^ heVll practice laWo" 
Norristown,, Pa« 5/3/78 

If John Fioravanti had it to do over, he'd 
probably study music and psychology again before en 
rolling in law school c 

'*Both fields have helped me with my law work/* 
he says. ''m.usic because of its preciseness and psy^ 
chology because of its understanding of human be* 
havior. These are useful experiences for an at"° 
torney to have had.*' 

Self--discipline is another^: and it*s one 
Fioravanti learned long before he studied music or 
psychology. In fact., strict management of his own 
human resources is a way of life with him. 

Born sightless, Fioravanti has always had to 
work harder and apply himself more in whatever he 
did 5. even before he finished high school at Over^ 
brook School for the Blind in Philadelphia. 

It was during his Overbrook years that his 
drive and determination to overcome his handicap 
began to yield dividends e Besides compiling an 
outstanding academic record^ Fioravanti served 
as student council president and captain of the 
school^ s wrestling team. 

Later, before he chose law as a career^ 
Fioravanti enrolled at Ursinus College^ College-- 
ville^ to study psychology and earn a bachelor of 
science degree^ 

At Ursinus his work habits again paid of f ^ 
as he won department honors ,, became chapter scholar 
of his fraternity |p Sigma Xi^ and was graduated 
cum laudeo 


He also frequently made the dean^s list at 
Ursinus, just as he's done since he entered Temple 
University School of LaWo At Temple his academic 
achievements rank him among the top 2 percent of 
his classo 

Fioravanti won^t receive his law degree until 
the end of this month, but he ^ s already getting a 
taste of the professiono Since January, he's been 
working with the Philadelphia Public Defender's 
office through an intern program with Temple o 

-'The job is non-^paying, but I love it, 
Fioravanti says of his experience as a lawyer in== 
terno *^'It*s enabled me to sample the real^life 
world of law and makes me hungry for moreo*' 

One question that crops up when Fioravanti 
talks about the -*real-life world-- of law is how 
he*s able to do all of the research work that is 
needed in law worko After all, reading is a large 

part of ito 

*«No problem,** answers Fioravanti, ''after all, 
my studies with the exception of Overbrook, were 
done in an environment for the sighted, not the 
visually handicapped, so I have found ways to do 
my homework o ** 

One way is to have others read to him, as 
Fioravanti 's wife, Nancy, often doeSo Other ways 
are tape cassettes and research information that 
is available in braille o 

'*In school, I*ve always paid fellow students 
to read to me, and I am prepared to employ readers 
for my professional needs," he says, "if I cannot 
obtain the information on tape or in brailleo" 

Fioravanti takes all of his notes in braille^= 
a braille machine, tape cassette recorder and play= 
er and a typewriter are his standard office equip- 


ment^=and types them when he has to share them with 
the sighted o 

'*I^ve always done my school work this way/^ he 
says, '-and I*ve never encountered problems o*^ 

Fioravanti studied music without the aid of 
sight, as well, and over the years he's managed to 
achieve a great deal in the field o 

For example, he not only plays professionally 
as one of a trio in nightspots throughout the 
Delaware Valley, but he instructs music students 
in such exotic skills as jazz improvisation and 
other advanced techniques . 

Fioravanti himself plays the piano and organ ^^ 
both of which he has mastered to the extent of at^ 
tracting offers from recording studios ^ 

His musical talent also has helped him m law 
school, for he^s earned enough through it to pay 
for his education, as well as meet living expenses 
and the upkeep of his Norristown homeo 

'*! love music,*" he confesses, -'just as much as 
I enjoy exploring the world of psychology, but^ as 
a full--time occupation neither one arouses my in^ 
tellect as m,uch as the profession I have choseno '' 

*-'I^m deeply committed to the role of John Jo 
Fioravanti,; Jro, Esquire, attorney^at~law/' he says^ 
"and ready for work/- as he takes his next big 
step--^to locate a law position in the areao 


ALUMI NEWS Continued, . . , o 
Murray C. O'Connor - 1929 

9 O O O 

It is V7ith regret I make the announcement 
of the deaths of Joe Rudy of Harrisburg, John 
(Chubby) Standi sh of Bridgeport, Conn, and 
William J, Schlechtweg (Lug or Bill Twig) , as | 
he was known in school. ! 

Mr. Schlechtweg ^s class of 19 2 8 celebrated 
its 5 0th Anniversary in June. He was a native 
and had been living in Philadelphia all of his 70 
years. He died in mid- July after a long illness. 

Mr. Rudy's death came very suddenly. 

All of these gentlemen were well known 


former students and loved by many. } 




" ROOK SCHOOL FOR J,„„ ,. „.. 





Deborah Brown 
Susan C lardy 
Michael Dunkelberger 
Agnes Dutill 
Christopher Faber 
David Goldfield 
Karen Metzner 
Licinda More Hi 
Michael Rider 
Michele Zimmaro 

MrSo Mildred Bender 



Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


My dear students? 

Some of you have reminded me that I promised 
to remark in this issue on how much you help one 

During the Christmas Pageant there were some 
outstanding examples, A student in the Bell Choir 
suddenly received word that she had to return home 
and could not be in the Pageant. This was painful 
for her, in fact, she sobbed. However, she did not 
continue thinking of her personal loss but asked 
two other students if she could teach them her part 
They generously gave up their time and learned 
several additional parts « All three students for- 
got themselves and thought of Overbrook and our 
friends who would come to hear the bells I The 
happy ending is that somehow the first ^mentioned 
student was able to stay and perform herself. 

The shepherds found orientation and some move-- 
ments very difficult but one very helpful shepherd 
tried so hard to establish cues that soon all of 
the shepherds worked as a team. 

In some classes students are helping other 
students even on their own time, and the care^ 
concern,, and courtesy of some students during 
change of classes is beautiful to see! 

Thank you for all your efforts in this regard! 

Devotedly y 

R. C« Cliggett 
Assistant Director 






Marie Brogan Deborah Brown Karen Metzner Vincent 


George Miller Regis Renault Licinda Morelli 

Carson Shrawder 

Walter Johnson 
Mark Reichardt 
Stephanie Varner 

Sheila Gunter 




Loretta Bowen Mar ce 11a Hockaday 

Susan Clardy David Goldfield 

Kevin Hall 

William Johnson 

Carmella Lovitt 

Wirartien Niyomphol 

Leza Parrish 

Sirichai Wiriya 

Anthony Stafford 

Antonio Relvas 




Lindy More Hi and Mike Dunkelberger 


What a challenge it is to learn SCTnething and 
to perfect itl Many new swimmers joined our swim 
team this year to learn more about perfecting their 
strokes and getting the feel ot real competitiono 
From the end of September to the end of October^ 
Miss Lamb and MrSo Goodwin gave up much of their 
free time in helping the team to get into tip^top 
shape o 

Our first meet was on October 18th at the 
Connecticut School for the Blind. Perkins School 
for the Blind, Batavia School for the Blind, Oak- 
hill School in Connecticut and O.S^B. competed in 
the 100 yard mixed and Girls' and Boys^ relay ^ which 
was to be swum in free styleo The members of each 
team competed in such events as 2 5 and 5 yard 
backstroke, 25 and 50 yard free style and 25 and 
50 yard breast stroke = 

The following week, which was the 2 8th of 
October,, we took a trip to Batavia, New York where 
the first annual EoAoA. swimming tournaments were to 
be held o We all had a great time and OoSoBo managed 
to take a third. 

Even if at the end of the day^ you feel tired^ 
swimming always gets you going againo This year's 
team really made first place as far as we are con-- 
cerned because we had so much team spirit and good 
sportsmanship was the name of the game= We thanks 
especially^ our two dedicated coaches. We hope to 
have as good a season next f alio 



At the beginning of November, 22 boys came 

to a meeting of the wrestling teamo Mro Barkovich 
told us about the wrestling meets we would be hav^ 

ing and about the work that we would have to do 

to prepare ourselves for these meets o 

By the beginning of January there were only 

17 people on the teamo Our schedule consisted of 
meets with Girard College, West Virginia School 
for the Blind, Maryland School for the Blind, Glen 

Mills, Haverford, Overbrook High School, Pennsyl= 
vania' School for the Deaf, the Four -Way Meet, and 
the Tournament. As of mid-^ January we are three 
in three, working hard toward a winning season o 

Of the 17 members 
ten nev; team m,embersg 

we would like to welcome 

Jonathan Williams 
Wiramen Niyomphol 

Sirichai Wiriya . 
Mark Reichardt 
Mazin Qutaishat 

John Robinson 
Bernie Buckles 
Carson Shrawder 
Mike Dunkelberger 
Emery Williams 

We would also like to thank Mr. Fred Barkovich, 
the Head Coach, and his Assistant Coach, Mr,. Wayne 
Sedlak, for their training and encouragement 
throughout this wrestling season. 



Even though gymnastics is not a com-' 
petitive sport here at O\rerbrook,- many in^ 
terested students have been working hard at 
something they enjoy o A great deal of patience 
and determination is needed to do well in any 
sport, but especially in an individual sport 
of this sort» 

Everyone who wants to learn more about 
grace, skill and technique works in one of 
two groups o The beginning group works on 
basic movement such as some types of rolls 
and some poses. The advahced group goes on to 
really working for gracefulness and good forme 
They are soon limber enough to wOrk on moves 
that require much controls 

We hope someday, these two groups will 
inspire people who aren^t in gymnastics to come 
out and see how relaxing it is to learn to do 
something all by yourself 1 




Although our Cheerleading Squad got started 
at a rather late date, we have a group of girls 
who are enthusiastic and dedicatedo 

Miss Glatts, who was a mathematics teacher 
here last year, meets the Cheerleaders for two 
practices a week,. They have spent much of their 
time getting a routine together for the tournament, 
which will be held on the weekend of the 26th of 
January o - . 

The members of our Cheerleading Squad this year are 
Carmella Lovitt Agnes Dutill 
Shari Weller Carolyn Dougherty 

Priscilla Gardner Lindy Morelli 
To the members of the squad I say, ''Keep up 
the good work, girls." 




Agnes Dutill 

The Student Council is an organization in 
which the members work on different things that 
the students would like to have at schools There 
are two representatives from each grade in the 
junior and senior high school. They hold meet* 
ings every other week. These meetings are kept 
in order by parliamentary procedure o 

The officers of the Council this year are 

President ^ George Miller 

Vice President - Stephanie Varner 

Secretary ^ Agnes Dutill 

Treasurer -- Tammie Snyder 

Town Hall Chairman =- Debbie Brown 

Student Council Advisor - lArs, Legg 

The Council isn't really doing anything special 
because they don-t have a project at present o They 
did.^ however, work on getting the pay phone hours 
extended o The students are allowed to use the pay 
phones until nine o-clocko 


Chris Faber 

The Workshop Program is a program for stu;^ 
dents who are sixteen and over and the Director, 
of the program is MXo Dunbar o Mro Dunbar is 
happy with the students who are interested in 
the prograjo and thinks that the students are 
doing a mighty fine job. Sessions are held at 
6 s 15 to 7 1 15 AoM. on Tuesday, Wednesday and 
Friday mornings o There are also afternoon 
sessions on Wednesdays at 3 s 15 to 5:tl5 PoMo 
The purpose of this program is to earn money and 
to work hardo Students in the Workshop Program 
are paid every month for their work. 




David Goldfield 

This machine arrived at Overbrook in June 
of 1978 o So far, six students have learned how 
to master the machine^ On the average, it takes 
twelve hours o 

It was developed six years ago by a doctor 
named Raymond Kurzweil in Cambridge,- MasSo 

The machine consists of four partSo They 
are the scanner, the computer., the keyboard^ and 
the speaker. 

A camera moves back and forth recording sig'- 
nals from the printed page and sending the in^- 
formation to the computer, which in turn trans-- 
lates the information into synthetic speecho 
Most people think the machine has a German accent^ 
but we must remember it is not a human voice o 

The keyboard consists of 30 keys^ 3 toggle 
switches^ and 3 control knobs c By pressing these 
keys, the machine will read# punctuate, and spell 
material printed in Englisho 

All of the rules in the English language are 
pressed into a 3 minute cassette^ which is used 
to correct reading errors which may developo 
Running the cassette through the machine is called 
reprogramming the computers ^ The machine has a 
memory o It can remember the last 30 characters 
or 60 words lefto Anything before that^ it says^ 
"end of memory^' o 

By using the Kurzweil Machine^ students who 
formerly could read only by means of Braille^ re- 
cordings or tapes ^ are now able to read print 


Michele Zimmaro 

THE PHOTOGENICS CLUB is a new activity which 
opened at Overbrook in the fallo The club helps 
girls to acquire the necessary skills to produce 
a pleasing portrait, Mr, Koenem,ann^ the club'-'s 
sponsor, says, *'My initial intent was to use 
photography as a tool to demonstrate proper groom-=,7 pleasing posture,, good facial expression, and 
body control, all of which control and contribute 
much to a picture o By this devious route, I hope 
to eliminate some of the more obvious defects 
often apparent in photography I present for the 
Perceiver, '- 

The club meets every Monday between 3:15 PoMo 

and 4.15 PoM. Its members include Marie Brogan^ 
Debbie Brown, Agnes Dutill, Susie Hoffman and 
Michele ZimmarOo 

THE CERAMICS CLUB, now in its tenth year, is 
looking forward to a new and exciting season o This 
year, Mro Del Frari is assisting Miss Lodholz, and 
they are planning trips in and around Philadelphia 
to see sculptures. Also,, they are planning to 
show exhibits at schoolo Members of the club are 
Debbie Brown, Ray Cohen, Agnes Dutill, Priscilla 
Gardner, Susie Hoffman, Carmella Lovitt, Karen 
Metzner^ Lindy Morelli^ and Michele ZimmarOo 




Agnes Dutill 

The, Over brook j:aro lers - In 190 7 a group of girls 
started to learn carols They were called the Dunn 
Carolers, They were the first group of carolers at 
Overbrook . 

Later on. it was changed More girls were 
able to join The group consisted of senior high 

Three years ago. Mrs Boyle and Miss Murray 
started a new caroling group All of the carolers 
were never in the group before Junior high and 
senior high girls were in this group. 

This year there were 14 carolers. Mrs, Boyle 
and Miss Murray were their directorSo 

Each year the repertoire increases. This 
year they know 2 5 carols., some favorites and famil-^ 
iar ,- and some that weren't so familiar. 

The carolers have gone to many places to bring 
the Christmas spirit to people who are not able to 
get around as we are. They went to the Simpson 
House,- Children's Hospital, Saunders House and to 
the Inglis House. 

On December 12. they hosted a carol sing-along. 
Students, houseparents # and members of the faculty 
joined the carolers in a night of singing in the 
neighborhood c 



The Senior Choir - This year there are 3 4 members 
in the choir o The Senior Choir has gotten a lot 
of new members this yearo 

Most members of the choir take private voice 
lessons where they learn their parts to the choir 
songs, or they do vocal exerciseso Some work on 
songs so they can get the experience of doing a 
solo in front of an audience . 

Last June, the Senior Choir had an auditiono 
The audition was an excellent success because this 
year the choir has had many engagements. 

This year, just as last year, the Senior Choir 
had a fruitcake saleo The fruitcakes are called 

Claxton Fruitcakes and they are made in Georgia o 
The fruitcake sale was a lot more successful than 
last yearns sale.. The choir as a whole sold over 

3 00 fruitcakes 3 

' The Christmas program, was quite different than 
any other Christmas Program put on here former lyo 
It was in pageant formo There were different 

Performing groups in the Christmas program 
were I The Overbrook Carolers, Senior Handbell 
Choir, and' the Senior Choir. These groups sang 
and the bells rang between the different tableaux o 

There was a scene with shepherds, another with 
kings o There were also narrators. 

This was one of the best Christmas programs 
ever put on at Overbrooko It was an outstanding 
success o 




Carson Shrawder 

The organizer of Troop 123 was Albert Cowgill, 
who later became the school" s principal. 

The date Troop 123 was organized was October 
10^ 1916. However.. Troop 123 was not the first 
troop in the school. Before this time we had 
Troop 118 which was organized, in 1912 and whose 
Scoutmaster was Mr. Harold Molter , the Physical 
Education Director in those daySo 

A man who took great interest in the troops at 
Overbrook was Dr /Charles D. Hart,- the man for whom 
Hart Scout Reservation is named , Originally Troop 
12 3 was organized for the younger scouts in the 
school. As a scout grew in scouting knowledge, he 
would be promoted to Troop 118. After a while, 
Troop 118 was discontinued,^ but Troop 123 is still 
in existence today ^ 

For many years Mr > Herbert Hartung,. a caning 
instructor at Overbrook^ was Scoutmaster of "Troop 
123 (Mr 3 Harbage remembers both Mr. Cowgill and 
Mr. Hartung) o From 1948 until 1958, Mr. Fred 
SigafooS; a machine shop teacher at our school,. 
was Troop 123 's Scoutmaster. From 1958 until the 
present day Mr. Harbage has been our Scoutmaster. 
As a Life scout, I feel that Mr. Harbage is doing 
a wonderful job of directing scouting in our troop. 

One of the greatest men in Troop 123 ^s history 
was Mr. Vince Rodgers who from 1959 until his death 
in 1965 helped Mr. Harbage develop our present 
scout program including the annual week in summer 
camp. Our Annual Boy Scout Trophy is given each 
spring in his memory. 


Troop 123 continuedooo 

The Order of the- Arrow,, scouting'^ s; Camping 
Fraterni-ty founded in. 1915 at Treasure islan:d 
was first introduced to Troop 123 in 1959 when 
Mr-; Harbage and.- John- Wertz- were- initiated into- 
it after an, ordeal at, Breyer. Training, Center in 
Jenkintown. Since., then,_ at all- .times- we ha¥e 
had boys and. leaders who. -were -0,A, mem,bers ^ but 
never as many as now when we have five boy 
members who are active in our troop o They are 
Ray Cohen, Bernie Buckles, Michael Dunkelberger , 
Carson Shrawder and Earl Young.o I am currently 
Chapter Chie-f of the Conestoga Chapter of the 
Order of the .Arrow and we host the m.,onthly meet-=- 
ing at our school on the second Tuesday of each 
month o 

Recently our troop was presented with a 
Braille copy of the Order of the Arrow Handbook,-, 
an event w.hich was widely publicized and shown 
on TVo 

At present our troop is planning its spring 
camping trip in April a,nd loo.king forward to the 
week in sum,m,er camp which will be July 1 to 
July 7 this yearo We are also looking forward to 
attending -the Annual Blind Scout Camporee which 
will be held in Maryland in Octobero 



Stephanie Varner 

What exactly is a yearbook about? Besides 
the writing of the book and the picture- taking,^ 
there is creativity,: planning^ organization and 
teamwork involved o 

Even before you do the layouts, you have to get 
an advisor and a photographer and a staff o At the 
beginning of the year, Mrs. Kauffman, Y.B. Advisor,; 
petitions the seniors for volunteers and begins 
the job of "teaching^* her staff how everything works 
Each staff member receives a '*job position" but will 
eventually help out in any job needed to be doneo 

Meetings are an impo2rt>ant part of the effort o 
One meeting was devoted entirely to *' sales talk" and 
the patron campaign Putting a yearbook together 
takes a lot of money, and sales and patrons add to 
the income o 

The most exciting part of the book (from a 
senior ^s standpoint) is the Senior section^ This 
includes the portraits^ activities and candid shots 
of our '-last'* year. Also,^ the Sports and Club 
Sections are loaded with pictures and layouts o 
"Layouts" are diagrams drawn on the sheets where 
the photos are to be placed^ where the lettering 
will go,^ and where the "copy" will be arranged. 
These layouts are changed and redone many times be- 
fore the end product is realized. 

Photographs? Many pictures are taken and re-- 
taken to get the right kind of quality photograph 
and content that is needed to create a "feeling" 
or idea. Mr. Koenemann^ because he is so adept in 
photography and developing^ enables the staff to 
get "on the spot" pictures ""-- instead of always 
calling an outside shutter bug. 



PERCEIVER -79 continued 

o o o c o 

Lettering, drawings and eye-catching special 
effects are also part of the Perceiver-. Pictures 
and words unattractively placed on a page will not 
stimulate the reader to enjoy the colors - and lay- 
outs must grab the reader'^ s attention and hold ito 

Finally after all the page work and proof read-^' 

ing is done ^ the book is shipped off to Texas to 
the publisher. Now. the braille booklet is started 
All '-^copy'" is taped by Mrs-. Kauffman,^. and then 
brarlled and thermof ormedo Pages are collated, 
punched, and finally boundo This is it until we 
wait for that day when an announcement comes over 
the PA system, ''The yearbooks are hereto opick yours 
up in Room 21 and enjoy itl'' 



The Happiest Sound 


Stacy Fisher 

When I am sad and. full of gloom, 
I take my bird into my room^ 
When she sings her pretty song^ 
She chases away all that's wrongs 

Of all the music I have heard ^ 

My favorite sound is of a birdo 

Its song is happy and full of cheer, 

It*s the happiest sound I will ever hear 

Think for One Moment of Yesterday 

Frank Callo 

At one time the earth ^\7as greens- 
Pollution had yet to be sefen 

People played in the shining sun. 
There was quite enough love for everyoneo 

At one time the sky was blueo 
The air was clean and people were toOo 

Yesterday the birds flev/ freeo 
People cared for one another. If that 

you could but see. 

Yesterday the lakes were clear o 
There was no need for hate or fearo 

Think for one moment of yesterday o 


Poets^ Corner continuedo o o o 



Susan Clardy 

CanH. is the word^ 

That everyone ^s heard ^ 

Can^t means won't,^ 

But you just don^t 

Try at all^ 

You just call, 7 

Can^t is the word^ 

That everyone '^s heard 

Can^t is the famous saying 

When you say it 

You know you're only playingo 

Can'^t is the word that everyone's heardo 

A Colorful Poem 


Sheila Gunter 

The lakes are green and full of joy^ 

And toys for little girls and boys ^ 

The sky is blue^ 

But you are true ^ 

The stars are white ^ 

They '^ re out tonight^ 

With shining light ^p 

The snow is white ^ 

And very bright o 

Some bears are brown ,^ 

and nice to have ^roundo 

But the only thing I can*t stand is 

When they make that awful sound o 

The rabbit is white and has a bad habits 

When I asked if he wanted a carroty 

He shook his head no and ate from a paper tablet 

There is a grin 

From a friend^ 

And that^s the endo 



Under the sunlight 

Water reflects, grasses dry 

And man says, how wariUo 

Regis Renault 

Love came upon me 

Just like a midnight fancy 

But true love it iso 

Patrick Lynagh 

Look at the green leaf. 
Sunlight is shining on it^ 
The leaf fell downwardo 

Tony Mule'^ 

= 20" 


If someone spoiled your day ^ so what 
how do you know how many people 
look towards you to make their day a 
little ro,Qre bright! 

Smile! We all love you! 

Eo Mall 


If thou understand the merry voices of the brooks ^ 

If thou understand the quiet murmur of the trees ^ 

If thou understand the happy whispers of the wind^ 

Then sorrows can never be thine -.o 

For the brooks will give thee purity^ 

And the trees will give thee patience and strength,. 

And the winds will lay worldly knowledge at thy feet 

gentle buzzing of the bee, 
quiet chuckling of the beaver 
merry barking of the dcg^^ 
be thine o o 
thee industry^. 
An.d the beaver will show thee unceasing toil* 
And the dog v/ill instill unstinting loyalty and love 

If thou understand the 
If thou understand the 
If thou understand the 
Then success will ever 
For the bee will teach 

If thou understand, all Nature^ 
If thou understand the skies ^. 
If thou understand the Lord,, 
Then happiness will always be thineoo 
For Nature will make thee independent 
And the skies will render thee gentle and quiet 
And the Lord will lead thee to eternal friendliness 
and peaceo 

Ho Harbage 




Mark Reichardt 

We had tickets to a Fliers' game,- which start- 
ed at 8 o'clock We left at 6 o'clock so that we 
could get there in time. After taking the Frank^ 
ford El and the subway,- we got there about ten 
minutes of eight. By five after eight we were in 
our seats and just in time for the game, T knew 
it was going to be a good game, because when the 
Boston Bruins come to town it is always a rough game 

The action started right away _ After the 
first two minutes, a fight broke out between a 
Flier and a Bruin. My buddy.- Joe, remarked,- --The 
Flier that the Bruin is fighting is big!'* 

I saidc "All the Fliers are big " The Fliers 
really put a job on the Bruin, who had to get 
fifteen stitches over his left eye. 

After the fight I asked, "Are you going for a 
drink, Joe?" 


"Well^ get me one too. " 

"Sure," he promised. 

Vsfhen Joe got back he wondered, "Did I miss 

I said, "Clark scored a goal." After the first 
period, the Fliers were winning, one to nothing. 

We got up to get something to eat. When V7e got 
back to our seats ^ it was time for the second period 
to begin. Joe said,- "It looks like one of the 
Fliers usual games o" 


Fliers Game continuedo o o o 

I replied, "You never know, the game isn^t 
even half over yeto" 

Then the second period startedo The action 
was up and down the ice, and nobody was scoringo 

When the Fliers scored, the crowd went wild o 
The score was now two to nothing o Then a fight 
broke out on the iceo There were two Bruins 
fighting one Fliero All of a sudden all the Fliers 
on the bench jumped on to the ice, and both teams 
were slugging it outo 

I said, "Joe, do you think there is enough 
action now?" 

Joe told me, " There ^s a Bruin knocked out 
and lying on the iceo" The crowd was standing up 
and screaming o 

"Who^s on the ice?" I asked Joeo 

He answered, "I canH see his number e" And 
that was the end of the second period e 

Then Joe said, "Do you want another drink?" 

"I guess if you feel like going out to get ito" 

When Joe got back he handed me the drinks The 
last period was starting o There wasn*t too much 
actiono When the game ended, I said, "It was a 
good game, don*t you think?" 

Joe mumbled, "It could have been better o" 

2 3" 

David Goldfield 

This is a story that I made up two years ago 7 
and I would like to share it with youo 

It is the year 1980. The place is Ako, a 
company which finds out about UFO-'s^ and things 
of that sorto The leader of the company is 
Professor James Vira Pottero 

He told his colleagues at Ako, that he pre=- 
dieted that a rocket ship would land, and in it 
there would be a from outer space o The people 
there did not believe him. 

The following week ^ a flying saucer landed on 
the hill outside the building. A man with thick 
clothes climbed out. There was a great crowd 
near the saucer^ and one of Potter* s friends, 
Edward Harvine , tried to shoot the alien^ but the 
alien disintegrated him with a small gurio The 
people left in fear, except Pottero The alien 
said to Potter 9 in good English, ''I come from 
another planet, one you have never heard of ^ the 
planet Zoozoo. My name is Sissaleria Bozuia 
Boria Chattahuchio I have come to work at Ako 
with you^ and to study this planet.^* 

The alien" s najne was shortened to Sissler 

In a future Red and White issue, I will 

describe his first adventure. 




John Robinson 

Thd most exciting thing that occurred in my 
life was being a DJ on the radio o I worked for 
an hour on a high school station in Hockessin^ 
which is in the State of Delaware. I got on the 
radio for J^aing the correct caller in an auction 
that Station WZ.Ze^ Sanford Prepo .vHockessin and WMPH^ 
Mount Pleasant High School were involved in. The 
auction was part of many things which happened in 
a fund raising effort or marathon that was supposed 
to keep these tv/o non-= commercial stations on the 
aire I was the right caller o 

I was supposed to work at the Mount Pleasant 
station in Wilmington .7 but was asked by a friend of 
mine to work at the Hockessin one because it was 
closer to our home,, and' besides,^ she had a boyfriend 
who was an announcer at the same station I worked ata 
Mark, a friend of ours, worked the board and the 
microphoneo All I did was speak when Meg (Mark^s 
girlfriend) nudged me to speak o The format was Top 
Forty. I followed it and played their music .^ but 
being a guest ^^ I got to play what I wanteds My 
taste consisted of music from the beginning of rock 
to that year, 1975 7 which was when I worked there on 
the night of December 13 o 

-'What now,"* I asked Mark over the intercomo 
''J^ything you want to playo*' I said, **How about 
the ^Unicorn® by the Irish Rovers after we play 'Fox 
on the Run' by Sweet?*' -'OoKo'-* The talking persisted 
between the two of uSo After all^ how'^ s some blind 
boy supposed to know what to do? 

These stations are still on the air from time 
to time^ but they* re not the same as they used to beo 
I enjoyed every minute of my work four years agOo 
1*11 never forget it for as long as I liveo It was 



Greetings and a Happy New Year for 197 9 every-- 
bodyo I hope you all had a nice Christmas as I dido 
I made ray usual Christmas trip to California and was 
fortunate enough to have passed through Chicago be=- 
fore their terrible blizzard of January 13th« How- 
ever^ two or three days before that^ wh^n I did 
pass through, it h^s 11 below zero. 

We are sorry to report that,^ after a long ill- 
ness^ our good friend Russell Webber passed away in 
January o • 

I beg to apologize to my colleague^ Walter Evansi 

I found his letter on my desk which reached me be for© 

my own return. When I talked to him the other nighty 
I had not found ito 

In Cincinnati^ on my way west, I stepped on a 
train just as Dro Jernigan stepped off. Did not 
have time to say more than howdy, as both he and the 
train were in a hurry o We were late as usual arriv-= 
ing in San Francisco on the 21stf but that was no 
problem as this is getting to be a common occurrence o 

Prior to my journey out there,; I had come to 
Philly for a meeting in October^ and learned that 
they had made many of the Sylvania Hotel rooms into 
apartments I and who should be occupying one of same 
but our old friend Irvin (Buckey) Bradero Thanks to 
Evelyn Koliak he located my room in the Ben Franklin 
and we made plans to get together for a night of 
reminiscing and resurrecting o December 8th was the 
date set^ and beginning at about 2 §45 in the after-= 
noon, we began ^ and so continued until after four in 
the morning o Buck was preparing to go to his old 
home in Wilkes Barre for the weekend^ then return 
to civilization to join a freighter for a cruise o 
He surely has been all over this world twice over 
apparentlyo It was good to see him after 20 years. 
I guess I did most of the talking for I brought him 
up-'to-'date on many of uSo He hasn®t changed a bito 


Alumni News continued, .« - 

On my way back from the west, I had a rather 
interesting meeting with a Mrs. Wilt of Hollidays-= 
burg. Pa, After much discussion, it turned out 
that she was a cousin of Vi and Ned Chambers. I 
knew that Mr. Chambers had died some years ago in 
Hartford but only the other day found out that 
Mrs. Chambers has also passed away. Mrs« Wilt 
told me she was in her 80^ s. Nobody knows what 
became of Donny, Mrs, Wilt told me she used to 
visit the Chambers fam^ily in Philadelphia, and 
perhaps some of you have met her« I had not. She 
now lives in Rockville, Md. , near Washington. 

Talked to Arthur Ccpeland the other day as I 
plan to try to go to Seattle, Wash, for the Blind 
Athletes Association Meet if all goes well. It 
begins on St. Patrick^ s Day and lasts for a week* 
Wi 11 report on it later « 

One of the things discussed in our directors^ 
meeting in October, and December as well, was the 
Dossibility of having some articles on the value 
of good grooming for blind in seeking employment, 
I hope to get the first one by Art Cope land, who 
formerly had much more sight than now, and there- 
fore, I feel could discuss it from both sides of 
the picture. 

While in California, On January 6th of this 
year, I had the pleasure of attending the East- 
West Shrine football game in fine weather, held 
at Stanford Stadium, It all started with a great 
number of bands about 11 o^ clock that morning, 
and didn*t end until the real game started. For 
the benefit of those who did not hear or see it^ 
the East was losing badly at the half, but Russ 
Davis of Michigan changed that around and it ended 
5 6 to 17, favor of the East, I visited with the 
East'^s trainer, Joe Lee, whose real job is trainer 
of the College of the Foothills, a small community 
college. During the intermission, between halves, 
a number of Chinese bands had their parade which 
was also very spectacular* 


Alumni News continued 

9 V 9 O 

Joe tells me that Russ Davis was^ to use his 
words ^ a super kid.r and not swell-headed at alio 
Joe has had this job every year for quite a few 
years now^ I felt mighty fortunate to have wit» 
nessed this affaiXo All too soonj. however ^ I had 
to leave California^ but 1*11 be back in the sum- 
mer if not before o Although I had a radio with me 
to hear the game^ I did not need it as the Public 
Address announcer kept me up with the plays just 
as good as the radio announcer ^ 

I have just received word of the retirement of 
Mr So Anne Boyer Porter of Washington^ Pa. from the 
Office for the Blind in the Pittsburgh districto 
Mr So Porter was a member of the Overbrook Home 
Teachers^ Class some years agOo 

This column is a bit disjointed^ but I hope 
you all understand it a Will see you again in the 
Spring if 1 have any more news and adventures o 
Keep sending news items and I wish to thank those 
who have already done soo This is your column so 
let^s fill up the pageSo Have a good and success-- 
ful year everybody and again ^ you class of 1929^ 
when the call comes for the reunion # let^s meet 
around the festive board and rooninisceo 

Always your correspondent # 

Murray Co O* Connor^ 1929 
Hotel Blennerhassett 
4th & Market Streets 
Parkersburg^ Wo Vao 26101 



N o F a L e_TO^^HONOR_BUOT_ATH L ^^ 

The National Football League Charities Foundation 
will make a presentation of a $10,000o00 check to 
Arthur E. Copeland, President of. ^'United States 
Association for Blind Athletes^. UoSoAoBoA. between 
the halves of the Dallas Cowboys - vs - the Wash- 
ington Red Skins on Thanksgiving- Day at Dallas. The 
presentation will be made by Dallas Quarterback 
Roger Staubach who also serves on the National Ad=^ 
visory Committee of U.SoAoB.Ao The presentation 
will be carried on (CBS-TVI and will have Nation- 
wide exposure o 

U S AoBoA, ^ a non profit incorporated organization, 
^.ponsors, promotes and encourages visually impaired 
persons throughout the United States to participate 
and compete in Sports and Athletics as well as 
recreational pursuits in their own community e Sched^ 
uled programs are maintained in wrestling, swimming, 
track and field events, goal ball, gymnastics, and 
many other sports in Regional, National and Inter- 
national Competition. The National office of 
UoSoAoBoAo is located in Beach Haven Park, New ^ 
Jersey and anyone interested in further information 
or wishing to give their support should contact, 
UoS.AoBoAo, 55 W. California Ave., Beach Haven Park 

No Jo O8OO80 



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^^^ ^ ^gar^aBsSM^:-^---— ^-YfT -fiTr BLIND 

64th STREET and_MAUVtKr^^^^ 


JUNE 1979 



Mr So Mildred Bender 



Miss Eleanor Lodholz 



The Alumni Association of the Overbrook School 
for the Blind, in order to be supportive of the 
academic efforts of the administration and staff, 
has financed the special assembly programs this past 
school yearo 

These programs had featured speakers from many 
phases of the world scene, who are outstanding in 
their varied positions « 

In September 1978, Dro Anthony Campolo, Chair- 
man of the Sociology Department of Eastern College 
spoke on "Sacred Cows Make Great Hamburger",- in 
November 1978, Dro Bernie Prusak, Villanova Uni- 
versity gave a lecture on "Man and His Sense of 
Power" o 

Drc Emily Binns, a professor at Villanova 
University came on February 14th of this year and 
spoke to students on personal growth » 

As stated in the March 1979 TOWERS, worlds be- 
yond our school have been brought to Overbrooko 



The popular English Handbell Choir enter- 
tained schools and clubs six times since Christ- 
mas o On April 30^. they played before 55 children 
at the New Eagle Elementary School in Chester 

The Director^ MrSo Dorothy Cage and her 
husband entertained the choir at dinner on May 
2 4 to celebrate their extremely successful season! 


Back in 1907 a group of girl carolers organ-^ 
ized to entertain students and neighbors at 
Christinas o 

This year^~ desiring to sing in a broader vein^ 
not just carols^ the group was renamed the Forget 
Me Not So They sang at Director's Day and in the 
Spring Concert and next year will sing more fre- 
quent lyo 

The young ladies are directed by MrSo Lucy 
Boyle and Miss Edith Murray j. the singers this year 
were? Penny Carter^ Liza Hertzog^ Sue Hoffman^ 
Carolyn Dougherty^ Shari We Her ^ Stephanie Varner^ 
Priscilla Gardner |, Carmella Lovitt ^ Lindi Morelli^ 
Stacy Fisher^ Sheila Gunter^ Tammy Snyder and 
Debbie Brown o 

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With each passing year our Senior High 
School Choir of 33 voices receives more and 
more requests from area schools and organi- 
zations to present programs » 

The group, directed by Miss Catherine 
Deraco sang in many Philadelphia area clubs ^ 
churches and schools during the spring, and 
journeyed as far as Wilmington, Delaware to 
entertain a Hcmemakers Club there o 

Other engagements on their busy sched- 
ule were; The Woman's Club of Aston; Lans- 
downe Branch of the United Auxiliaries of 
Delaware County Memorial Hospital; Emile 
Zola Lodge of Wynnefield; the Twentieth 
Century Club of Lansdowne; Immaculata Col- 
lege; the infirmary at Rosemont; New Cen- 
tury Club; Church of Christ in Chester; 
Ore land Presbyterian Church and Yeadon 
Presbyterian Church o 

The Choir also entertained at the Blind 
Artists- Concert^ sponsored by the Overbrook 
Alumni Association on June 3 , in the school 
auditorium^ and the girls* chorus entertained 
at the Merion Cricket Club for the DoA.Ro on 
June 5th a 



To three Overbrook students^ the first week in 
April was exciting and memorablec Stacy Fisher^ 
Shari Weller and Patrick Lynagh, accompanied by 
faculty member. Miss Teresa Lamb, flew to Aspen to 
participate in the Colorado Lions Club Internation-- 
al Blind Cross-Country Skiing Tournament! Events 
were held from April 1 through 8 in Snowmass Resorto 

Participation was open to individuals 16 and 
older, who are legally blind and who are interested 
in cross-country skiing and other winter recreation- 
al activities e A registration fee of only $100 was 
required to help cover costs of first class hotel 
accommodations, meals, transportation, and skiing 
equipmento Overbrook School paid for the chaperone 
and the students solicited aid from their local Lions 
Clubs or churcheSo 

Activities for the week were daily cross-country 
skiing instruction, downhill skiing, shopping in 
Aspen ,y a pool party in an outdoor heated swimming 
pool / snow mobiling, snow-shoeing, and skits perform^^ 
ed before members of the local Lions Clubo 

At the recognition banquet Stacy Fisher was 
awarded first place in the skits i Shari Weller re- 
ceived a second place in the skits ^ and a first 
place in her division in cross-country racing. 
Patrick Lynagh received ''The Most Improved Skier'' 
awardo Miss Lamb was awarded first place winner in 
the cross-country obstacle course, and third place 
in the three legged race on skiSo 



Students participating in the third National 
Championships of the Uo So Association for Blind 
Athletes returned home with gold^ silver and bronze i 

Over 500 blind athletes from all parts of the 
country attended the competitions which were held 
at Seattle^ Washingtono 

Carmella Lovitt won four medals^ a gold for the 
6 meter dash and a gold in the standing long jump? 
a silver in the high jump^ and a silver in the discus 

Donna Brown, a 197 8 graduate won four medals 
also; a gold in swimming the 100 meter breast stroke; 
a gold in the pentathalon events; and two silver ones| 
in the 100 meter and one in the 400 meter freestyle 

Licinda More Hi received a bronze medal in the 
400 meter freestyle swimo 

Darnell Golphin^ another graduate^ received a 
silver medal in wrestling^ the freestyle division, 
126 Ibo classo 

Students attending who did not place but who 
turned in good performances were? Priscilla Gardner, 
Michael Dunkelberger , Regis Renault and Sirichai 

Much gratitude goes to the Alumni Association of 
the school for making the trip possible for two 
students o 






The weekend of May 11 through 13 brought 
eight schools to Overbrook for annual track com- 
petitions in the Eastern Athletic Association 
for Blind tournaments? Perkins, New York Insti- 
tute, New York State School for the Blind, Vir-° 
ginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, 
Connecticut and Overbrook o MrSo Barbara Goodwin 
and Fred Barkovich are the Overbrook coaches o 

Organized just last year, Overbrook* s girls 
team took a second place; the boys* team tied 
for fiftho 

Individual honors went to the following? 
Carmella Lovitt , a first place in the 50 and 75 
yard dash? a second in shot puti and a third in 
shot throw o Lavinia Braxton took a first in 
440 single yard run; a first in high jump which 
tied the EAAB record; a second in 75 yard dasho 
Two other girls, Carolyn Dougherty and Agnes 
Dutill placed third in the 440 tandemo 

High ranking boys were s Regis Renault who 
with his partner, Wiramen Niyomphol, came in 
third in the two mile race; and Ardies Mitchell 
who received a third place in the 75 yard dash 
for sighted and a fourth place in both the foot- 
ball throw and shot puto 



Sebasti an Demanop was chosen by the Pennsyl- 
vania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology 
to receive its Community Service Citation « 

Presentation of the award was made at the 
Annual Convention Banquet on Friday, May 18, 1979 
at the Bedford Springs Hotels Bedford, Pao 

Murray O'Connor^ Dr^ Mae Davidow and Arthur 
Cope land attended the Third Annual Championships 
of the Ue S. Association for Blind Athletes held 
in Seattle, Washington in March^ 1979o 

Susan Ziegler, ^69 , was named the recipient 
of the Pennsylvania Jaycettes * Outstanding Young 
Woman of the Year (1978) award. Susan is now a 
teacher at the Lebanon Adult Education Centero 

Rudy Vo Lutter, Jro, *52, was recently named 
in the second edition of **Who * s Who in American 
Law"e Rudy, who is an attorney with the Federal 
Communications Commission in Washington, Do Co , 
is the first blind lawyer so recognizedo 




by Arthur E. Cope land 

I have just finished reading the January 197 9 
issue of "The Matilda Ziegler*' and looking back over 
the years ^ *'way back*\ I call your attention to an 
extended use of your magazine that I doubt thus far 
has even been brought to your attention. This use 
I shall mention while possibly seeming neither 
scholarly or learned was,^ I assure you most prac- 
tical and en joy able o 

While a student in the 20*'s at the Overbrook 
School for the Blind in Philadelphia,^ I soon learned 
what I thought at that time was the only use to which 
the '^Matilda Ziegler*' magazine was puto Note^^ because 
I had good vision I was not a braille reader, and con^ 
sequently for a while did realize the real value of the 
magazine to the blind readers anyway ^ 

The old copies of the ** Matilda Ziegler'* were 
firmly rolled up ^ a tight string tied around the middle 
and were then kicked as a football by opposing kickers 
or by^ at times ^ opposing teams of kickers o 

Our supply of pig skins was at that time limited 
to regularly scheduled football games ^ so during school 
recesses^ free time ^ and off hours, we would kick 
back and forth on the playgroundSo Eventually after 
a few hard kicking sessions the pages would tear a 
bit loose and then as it was kicked^ the flapping pages 
could be heard and the totally blind boys could hear 
it coming^ stop it in mid air^ and usually go to exactly 
where it fell and retrieve ito 

Many was the winter evening before bedtime when we 
were confined to what was identified as our cloister 
area that the flapping Zieglers could be heard waving 
through the air^ scoring points for one kicker^ and 


MATILDA ZIEGLER Continuedc « o 

being argued against by the opposing erstwhile 
Ziegler punter* 

Many years later ^ in fact many^ many years later 
when serving as the Director of Burrwood^ a residence 
for older blind persons located in Cold Springs Harbor 
and remembering back over the years I one day rolled 
up a copy of the magazine^ rounded up six of our more 
athletic and aggressive residentSo o o explained the game, 
positioned them on the lawn^ and played a game of 
''Matilda Ziegler Football" o Totaling the years of 
the players it was 242 years vso 251 yearSo 

The game had all the enthusiasm of today *s 
superbowl^ a few bets were exchanged^ insults^ taunts 
and unfriendly statements were made by one team 
member or another^ and the game finally begano 

I am proud to say that the "Matilda Ziegler" 
football did not tear^ and therefore did not flapo 
The game was won by the older group whose members 
had lost two shoes in the process^ had strained one 
leg^ but who in victory forgot all about their aches 
and pains o 

There was something missing as I think back 
over the years ^ it was the flapping of the torn 
pages in the wind as it was kicked^ booted and kicked 
and booted again ^ and again ^ and again o 

Oh yes^ before I forget it^ I enjoy reading it 
very^ very muchi also^ any readers who want to chal- 
lenge me to 4 hicking contest^ I am still open for 
a challenge^ and can still kick a football further 
than my son who played high school football^ his 
problemooohe never practiced with a "Matilda Ziegler" o 

The above article was published in somewhat 
condensed form in the April Readers Forum of the 
Matilda Ziegler Magazine o 



Arthur Eo Copeland 

Class of 192 6 

In a world such as ours where we need to face 
life realistically, we have to accept the fact that 
we are first judged by others on the basis of how 
we looko It may not be a fair judgment, but that's 
the way it iSo It may be the only impression we 
give to many people whom we meeto So it is im=- 
portant for us all to make that impression a good 

This is true regardless of what physical handi- 
caps we may have including visual impairment o I^ 
myself, am totally blind, so I know what I am talk- 
ing about o Before I lost all my vision, I worked 
professionally with and for blind peopleo I had 
many opportunities to interview both blind and 
sighted personSo There is no question but that I 
was influenced in my appraisals of them by their 
appearance o So I know from my own experience that 
good grooming is essential despite the difficulties 
it may present o Nothing is sadder than the young 
blind person whose appearance is woe-be-gone, whose 
eyes are noticeably disfigured and whose clothes are 
hung on any which wayo This is an immediate indi-- 
cation that that person has little self-esteem, 
little pride in himself, and it is completely a de-= 
featist attitude o It is also one that need not exist 

Regardless of the extent of your physical handi- 
cap, it is quite within reason for you to present an 
appearance of confidence o This confidence is indi-= 
cated by the way you look and by your attitude in 
generalo Good grooming is a basic quality for both 
appearance and attitude o You do not have to be a 
fashion plate, nor follow rigidly all changes in 


Personal Appearance and You Continued,. „ 

fashion. At the same time^ it is a good idea to 
be aware of changes, and to conform to them to 
some degree 3 Fortunately, in today's world of 
fashion, there is a great deal of latitude; al- 
most anything is acceptable if it suits you and 
your own personal style o Informality in dress 
is widely accepted and we do not need to follow 
extreme fashion or pay too much attention to pass- 
ing fads and whims « 

Certain basic things are important^ however^ 
and I would list them in the following ways 

1. Be clean. This is certainly number one on 
the lis to It is imperative to be clean, to smell 
clean, to look clean o This involves primarily soap 
and water « 

2 3 Be neat. This means keeping your clothing 
clean and well pressed and your shoes in good con-- 

3« Be aware of changes in fashion. Basically 
this means adapting what you have to fit the current 
styles o If you are able to buy new styles, be sure 
to take a sighted person with you whose opinion you 
trust o Someone who is truly interested in you can 
tell you what becomes you as an individual. 

4e Pay attention to your hairo Keep it shining 
clean and adapt current styles to your own personality 
Here again it is a good idea to accept the opinion of 
someone you trusts 

5o Wear glasses if glasses improve your appear- 
ance and minimize your visual handicap « This helps 
the people who have to look at you and it improves 
your general appearance = 


Personal Appearance and You Continued, . e 

60 Be aware of "blindisms" such as incorrect 
head posture and posture in generala Stand tall^ 
head up=, 

7. Ask "How do I look?" once you are dressed 
for any occasiono 

8. Know what is correct etiquette and culti- 
vate ito 

These points ^ I believe # are essential for 
any handicapped person^ no matter what his handi- 
cap may beo I have, in addition, a few suggestions 
that may well increase your own enjoyment of Ixfe. 
Enroll in classes that may be available to you. 
Classes in grooming and make-up can be very valuable 
Classes in public speaking will aid you in talking 
on your feet and further your self-confidence. 
Classes in dancing, especially in dancing with a 
partner^ should improve your social life. Attend- 
ing classes gives you the opportunity to meet and 
work with different kinds of people, and also the 
opportunity to practice on each other as well as 
to broaden your own social horizons. 

If you will take the time to follow these 
sin5>le suggestions, you will build up your own con- 
fidence in your appearance and your personality. 
Even more important, you will be assured of always 
having your ''best foot f orward** . You will make and 
leave a good impression^ and I firmly believe that 
you will also be a happier person. 



July 10, 1902 - January 25, 1979 

On January 25, 1979, death claimed one of 
Overbrook^'s distinguished sons, Russell Webbero 

Russ attended Overbrook from 1908 to 1916. 
For the next several years, he held several jobs 
in the work-a-day worldo On September 18, 192 6 
he and Agnes were married, a union which was to 
last more than 50 yearso A number of Overbrook' s 
Alumni were privileged to help celebrate their 
fiftieth anniversary on September 18, 1976 o 

With the depression, and the advent of the 
WPA Russ saw an opportunity in its education 
program for visually handicapped persons to serve 
as home teachers o So well did Russ demonstrate 
this idea that when WPA was terminated with the 
outbreak of World V7ar II, he was a supervisor and 
42 visually handicapped persons found employmento 
Of this number, 14 went on to life-long careers 
in work for the blind o 

In December of 1942, Russ joined the staff 
of what is now the Office of the Visually Handi- 
capped in Pennsylvania's Department of Welfareo 
He first served as a consultant, and later in 
managerial positions in Harrisburg, Wilkes Barre 
and Philadelphiao He retired in December of 1967 
after 2 5 years with this agency o 

For Russ, however, retirement wasn't idleness o 
He soon established himself as a chair canero It 
was not too long until business became so brisk 
that he was providing work for several of our Alumni o 
His lawn and his flowers were also his pride and joyo 


Russell Oo Webber Continuede . e 

Retirement also gave opportunity for travel which 
took him and Agnes to many parts of the worldc To 
name a few? A cruise through the Panama Canal; a 
Mississippi River cruise on the famed Delta Queen? 
a trip to Scandinavia and to Alaska c 

Russ was an active member of the Alumni 
Association serving a term as President o He 
served several terms on the Executive Board, and 
as a member of many committees over the years o 

Russ^s outgoing personality^ ready wit and 
rare good humor made him the life of the party o 
He was a welcome addition to any gathering o Nat- 
urally it followed that he had a host of fr lends e 

When it became known that Russ was in failing 
health, one heard such ccanments ast ''Ee was a fine 
fellow"; "He gave me some good advice"; "He helped 
me out"; or "He was my friend" ofteno Russ was 
never one to be pushy in his effort to be helpfulo 
But in his unassuming way, he got the job done and 
he assisted many to find jobs or to improve their 
situations o One of the two ministers who officiated 
at the funeral service said of Russ, "He was a real 
craftsman, and to whatever he attempted, he brought 
the human touch" o To the writer this was what set 
Russ apart and made him some one special o 

Russ has been called to eternal service in the 
Church Triumphant where, in the words of our dis- 
tinguished Drc Wood*s choral composition, "There Is 
NO Night" o And for those of us who knew and loved 
Russ "He shall be missed for his seat will be empty" 

Russ leaves his wife, Agnes; three daughters; 
a son; and several grandchildren o To all of these 
we, of the Overbrook Alumni Association, extend our 
sincere sympathy o 



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64th STREET ajidJAALVtK^^^^^ 






REPORTERS , Deborah Brown 

Agnes Dutill 
■,_ Christopher Faber 
Vonda Sue Hoffman 
■ •' ; Licinda Morelli 

Michael O^Donnell 

FACULTY ADVISOR Mrs. Mildred Bender 

COVER DESIGN Miss Eleanor Lodholz 


Dear Reader, 

As our one hundred forty -eighth year is 
underway, we have a number of interesting items 
to consider Now that our Touch and Learn Museum 
with its many exhibits has been worked on over 
the past summer and Mrs. Bender is the curator, I 
hope each of you will take full advantage of its 
many offerings. 

Mrs Mamie Burke, our Librarian comes to 
us with many years of experience in the United 
States Foreign Service: It just might be that the 
next time you go into the library to ask for in- 
formation about some country the librarian may be 
able to supply not only library information but 
also add a personal touch. 

Congratulations are certainly in order to 
our swimming team who. after a setback or two, won 
first place in the EAAB tournament in Bataviao We 
are all proud of our swimmers and their fine coaches 
not only for their performance but also for the ex== 
cellent way they represented Overbrook , both in and 
out of the pool. Whether our wrestlers, cheer^- 
leaders and track teams do as well as our swimming 
team, or not, we can only ask them to do their best 
and in return we must be supportive of their ^efforts 

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish 
each of you making up the Overbrook family the best 
year ever 1 


Joseph Jo Kerr 


My dear Students s 

You are to be congratulated on many 
things as Autumn moves into Winter. Your 
earnestness in beginning this academic 
year was noted by your teachers. Your growth 
in thoughtf ulness and sensitivity for the 
feelings of others m,ade the Hallowe-en party 
not merely a pleasure but a real joy. As the 
year unfolds may you grow with it in these 
beautiful gifts which you have already man=- 
ifested. . . ' 


Rita C« Cliggett 

Dear Students, 

It does not seem possible that a year 
has passed since I first had the opportun- 
ity to greet you. During that year^ I have 
learned much about Overbrook, its staff and 
its students o 

I have come to know Dr.. Kerr and Dr. 
Cliggett as warm and highly capable ad- 
ministrators whose primary concern is the 
education and growth of their students, I 
have come to rely on Mrs. Lindquist as the 
delightful and efficient link between edu- 
cational and residential life. Your teach- 
ers and houseparents have impressed me with 
their talents and their caring. As for you, 
the Overbrook Students, I have noted with 
admiration your self-reliance and motivation 
-"' and above all your spirit of cooperation. 

Overbrook has a special spirit in which 
I am delighted to share, I look forward to 
a rich and satisfying year. I wish all of 
you a year as rewarding and as pleasant for 
you as you made my first year be for roe. 


Marilyn A. Moller 
Elementary School 

~ """" 1979-1980 ~" 


9th Grade 

Lisa Hertzog 

8th Grade 
Gregory Scott Miller 


12th Grade 

Robert Banks 
Michael Rider 

11th Grad e 

Deborah Brown 
Agnes Dutill 
Mazin Qutaishat 
Carson Shrawder 
Vonda Sue Hoffman 
Earl Young 

10th Grade 

William Ankenbrant 
Michael Dunkelberger 
Susan Flem 
Karen Metzner 
Licinda Morelli 

9th Grade 

Loretta Bowen 
V7iramen Niyomphol 
Leza Parrish 
Rose Ann Schaller 
Sirichai Wiriya 

8th Grade 

David Goldfield 
Marcella Hockaday 
Rodney Watlington 
Michael Waymon 

7th Grade 

John Lee 



Agnes Dutill 

In the Music Department ^ much is going on already. 
A lot of groups are already practicing music for the 
Chrisizmas season. One, for example^ is the carolers. 

The Qverbrook Caro l lers :; The Overbrook Carollers, 
under the direction of Miss Murray and Mrs, Boyl^^ are 
getting ready for the caroling season « The carollers 
get together once a week and go over all of the new 
carols and with the help of Debbie Brown ^ they work 
on a few new ones« The carollers are very excited to 
get right back into the groove of things and give it 
all the hard work that they possibly can« 

This same group of girls work on music for all 
seasons. They don^t stop when the Christmas season 
is over* 

The Handbell Choirs The Handbell Choir ^ under the 
direction of MrSo Dorothy Cage^ is also getting ready 
for the Christinas season* There are 16 members in 
the Bell Choir « They have practiced every Tuesday 
and Thursday for 45 minutes. They work very hard» 
They have many engagements to fulfill « 

The Senior Choirs The Senior Choir ^ under the 

direction^of Miss -DeracO^ is one of the busiest groups o 
The first engagement for the Choir was at Hershey Park 
on September 17th. There were many different youth 

groups there to celebrate The Year of the Child^ It 
was a great day. The Choir members got a chance to 
meet Mrs« Thornburg ^ the wife of the Governor. It was 
very hard for the Choir to learn enough material but 

with the patience of our director and accompanist and 
the help of fo-rmer graduates^ the Choir put on an ex^ 

cellent performance « 

The Choir is completely booked for the month of 
November « 


■ 3?y 

Agnes Dutill -.^ 

This year, Debbie Brovm is the President of 
the Council and Michael Rider is the Vice Presi=- 
dent. Other officers of the Council ares Michael 
Dunkelberger^ Treasurer, Carolyn Dougherty, Town-- 
hall Chairperson^ and Agnes Dutill ^^ Secretary^ 

The Council is working on having Thursday 
night socials and having different classes get 
involved in planning at least one of them. Coun== 
cil is also working on raising money for different 
charities like UNICEF. 

The Council is a very active group of students 
this year, and is anxious to take suggestions that 
the students give back to Council and v/ork on them 
right away. 

We are thankful to have Mrs. Legg as our 
advisor e 


Agnes Dutill & Michael O* Donne II 

This year ^ there were seventeen students to 
coine out for the swim teamo Practices were held 
every day after school, and additional practices 
were held at night, MrSo Goodwin and Mro Barko-- 
VI ch were the coaches for the swim teaiUo 

The swim team members were^^ Faye Wagner* 
Carolyn Dougherty.. Stacy Fisher. Tammie Snyder, 
Lindy Morelli. Susie Hoffman^ Michele Zimmaro, 
Agnes Dutill, Wxraman Niyomphol; Michael Dunkel- 
berger, Michael 0- Donne 11, Earl Young, Carson 
Shrawder^ Raymond Cohen^ Christopher Faber^ and 
Emery Williams^ 

The swim team, had three swim meets o 

The first one was held at the Oakhill School 
for the Blind in Hartford, Connecticut. It was 
a four^way meet and Overbrook came in fourth place 

The next swim meet was held at the West 
Virginia School in Romney,- West Virginiao It was 
just between West Virginia and Overbrooko Over-^ 
brook came out on top. 

The next swim meet- was the tournament and we 
were competing against four other schools o The 
tournaments were held at the Batavia School for 
the Blind in Batavia, New Yorko Overbrook came 
out on top againo We were in second place until 
the last event which was the 100 yard freestyle 
and Overbrook came out on top by two points o 
There was a deafening cheer from the Overbrook 
section when we heard that we won the m.eeto This 
was not only by the swim team_ memibers but also by 
Mr So Goodwin o 

On behalf of the swim team^ we would like to 
thank your coaches for their time^ effort and en- 

The Victorious Swim, Team =- Continued 

couragement. We would especially like to thank Dr. 
Kerr for letting the swim participate in the 
swim meets during school time. 


As we continue our year in sports we will always 

**Whether we win^ or whether we losei 
Kerens the attitude we will choose^ 
We have the spirit,^ we have the stuffy 
■® Cause we^re a teaia^. and that^s enouahl 



Agnes Dutill 

On September 19th ^ four students were invited 
to go to Washington^ D, C. with a group of adults 
from the Main Line Art Center,. It was an all-day 
affair. We left at 7s 00 A.M. and returned at 8; 30 
P.M. The students who went were^ Susie Hoffman^ 
Michael Rider, Bobby Banks and Agnes Dutill. 

First, we went to the White House. We saw all 
different statues of presidents including George 
Washington and Abe Lincoln, We went in the ballroom 
which is used for social occasions^ East room which 
is where all of the meetings take place, and the 
diningroom which is used only when a lot of guests 
are invited for dinner. 

Then we went to the Capitol Building* We stood 
right in the center of the enormous rotunda which 
is one of the biggest buildings. We stood on dif- 
ferent marked places where famous people sat. One 
of the places was where John Quincy Adams sat. 
There is a story about the place where he sat. He 
sat there so that when other parties v/ould have their 
meetings, he could hear everything that was going on 
because the voices of the people would bounce back 
to this place where he sat. Our tourguide demon=- 
strated this for us, I couldn^t believe that it 
was true. After a few years of his sitting in 
this s^aiae place ^, people figured out why he sat 
there « 

We then had lunch in the National Art Gallery. 

After lunch, we went to the Hirshhorn Museum. 
They had a special exhibit for the visually impaired.. 
It was called the Touch Tour.. 


The Trip to Washington^ DeC. - Continued, 

The reason why they had this was because they 
had to put special paints on the sculptures that 
would be touched to protect them from fingermarks 
and from perspiration. 

We saw artworks of famous artists^ including 
Rodin o 

The four of us had a great time and we cannot 
put this fantastic day out of our minds « We had 
a lot of fun going y but^ more important^ we made 
many friends « This is one example how kind and 
generous people can be. 

On behalf of all of us ^ I would like to thank 
everyone who made this trip possible for it was 
very exciting and enjoyable^ and hopefully^ we can 
make all of the people who went on this trip with 
us have such an inspiring day someday « 



Christopher Faber 

On Monday morning ^ September 17, 1979, at 
8.= 30 A.M. ^ the Senior Choir, under the direction 
of Miss Deraco^ went to Hershey Park to spend the 
day. Some of Miss Deraco's family were also in 
Hershey for the performance. 

Foimer members of the choir, such as Robin 
Altman, Lyle Sine^ Stephanie Varner and many 
others were also there. The audience gave the 
choir two standing ovations because it performed 
very well. One of the people in the audience was 
the wife of Dick Thornburgh, the Governor^ and her 
name is Ginny. 

Everybody enjoyed the day and hope that they 
can go back again. The program was sponsored by 
'^The Year of the Child'- organization of the State 
of Pennsylvania- 



Michael Rider 
Beacon Lodge ~ Summer 19 79 

My day began at 7i30 AoMo My tasks were 
many I my breaks were feWo My main 30b was to see 
that the campers under my jurisdiction were taken 
care of o ■ ^-". ' " ■ ■ 

It was a real pleasure to see that everyone 
was happy and wide awakSo Every day after meals ^ 
somebody opened up with a chorus of "Stack Up The 
Dishes'* which drove some of the waitresses somewhat 
bonkers I but everyone had a whale of a good time,. 

I really care about people? that is why I took 
the jobo I have been given an. opportunity to do the 
same thing this summero 

This is only a sample of what a counselor's aide 
does I I know,,; I was oneo 




Lindy More Hi 

Mrs» Derdel is the new director of the Living 
Skills Program^ She is in charge of setting up all 
the mini""COurses that deal with Living Skills this 
year« She works very hard and is very enthused 
about this new arrangements Saying that she thinks 
that everyone is enjoying the program as well as 
learning^ Mrs, Derdel sets aside every Tuesday and 
Thursday afternoon for this projecto She super- 
vises all the mini-courses and sees that everything 
is being handled smoothly. 

In September^ at the beginning of the school 
year^ each student was asked to pick out three of 
the courses that were offered and to sign up for 
classes they preferred and^ most important ^^ the 
ones they needed. 

Each new quarter^ the variety of mini^courses 
changes so that the needs of each student may be 
met most adequately. Although some of the courses 
are taught to the same group of students for more 
than nine weeks ^ so that students may learn as much 
as necessary^ most of the classes are held for 
only nine weeks « 

Some of the Living Skills courses include i - cooking,, appliances,^ social dancing^, cards 
and. basic skills e They are all a lot of fun as 
well as important learning experiences for the 
students and we thank Mrs. Derdel and every faculty 
member for their time and patience « 


Debbie Brown ■ 

MrSo Marnie Burke is the new librarian for 
the upper school o 

She graduated from the College of Sto Teresa 

in Minnesota o She is currently studying for her 
Master® s Degree in library science at the Drexel 
Library School o 

Previous to her work at Overbrook^ she worked 
for twenty years in the Foreign Service^ where she 
started as a file clerk ^ and then worked her way up 
to Vice Consul o She has worked in American embassies 
and consulates in Japan |. Switzerland^ Lebanon^ Mali^ 
Germany^ England and Hong Kongo 

Her hobbies are reading^ foreign languages^ 
dancing y traveling and sports o 

She said' that her first impression of Over- 
brook was that the buildings wer^ very attractive e 
Secondly^ she said ^ the people are so friendly; 

they make a person feel welcomeo 

She intends to improve the library to meet 
the needs of the upper school o She would like 
suggestions from students as to how to make the 
library a better place for work and pleasure « 

We are happy to have Mrs* Burke at our school 
and we feel that she is a very fine person o 




Agnes Dutill 

Mrs 3 Derdel arrived at Overbrook the last 
half of last year to teach Englisho 

Mrs. Derdel attended high school in Penn- 
sylvania. She went to John Carroll University 
in Cleveland^ OhiOo After graduating from 
college ,^ Mrs. Derdel spent six years in Italy 
with her husband o 

She loves Italian food and the living 
conditions in Italyo She loved the people 
because they were very nice and taught her 
to be grateful for what she has^ 

In Italy ^ Mrs. Derdel taught English as 
a foreign language to children of all ageso 

She liked Venice because of the canals o 
A lot of materials were delivered by boat 
and also the mail was delivered by boato 

Her hobbies are? oil painting, needle- 
point and pottery. She likes to sit by 
the fire and do needlepointo She loves 
ballet and horseback riding. 

Mrs. Derdel got a new kitten a few days 
ago. Her kitten uses the drapes as monkey 
vines and her other cat spends its time rdll^ 
ing over on the kitten. 

She likes Overbrook a lot because of the 
interesting activities that the students get 
involved in. She says the architecture and 
the landscape are beautiful and the grounds 
are enjoyable to walk through. 



Susie Hoffman & Agnes Dutill 

Miss Lombardo is the new Biology teacher 
this yearc She attended both the University 
of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware o 
At the University of Delaware she majored in 

Biology and Secondary Education « 

Her hobbies are gardening and reading. 
She feels that even though she is not a suc^ 
cessful musician^ she likes and enjoys music. 

Miss Lorabardo said she likes it here at 
Overbrook because she feels that she can give 
the students a lot of individualized attention^, 
She feels that she has a pleasant atmosphere 
to work ino She also thinks that many of the 
students take into consideration what she has 
to sayo She is very interested in learning 
different things about blind people o 

Miss Lombardo thinks that learning is 
good for youo She feels that it is some-- 
thing you should do all through lifeo She 
particularly enjoys teaching science o She 
would like to have the students, comfortable 
with the metric system and also lab skills e 
She would also like the students to be able 
to key plants, that is^ to be able to tell 
what a plant is just by feeling ito 




Chris Faber 
Mr« Jerome Werlin is going into his 
fourth year of working with the students 
in the Living Light Center, 

His hobbies are Oriental music ^ art^ 
inventions # and helping students achieve 

their high goals in visual accuracy pro- 


Living Light is a medium that allows 
partly sighted students to see colors they 
have not seen before e 

Mr c Werlin has been studying all over 
the worldo At the present time ^ he is tak= 
ing courses at Widener College o 

Right now^ Mr„ Werlin is also manu- 
facturing Living Light Kits for home usee 



Christopher Faber 

Fall means the leaves on the ground, 

Fall also means the bright sun all around 
Fall means the grass is green ^ 

And Fall also means that it is Hallowe^eno 
Fall means that the weather is cool^ 

And it also means that it is time for schools 
Fall also means that it is the end of the baseball 

season 7 
And it means the beginning of the football season. 
Fall means that it is Thanksgiving , 
And it also means that we are still living o 
Fall means that the Christmas season is not far away 
And also, it means that the leaves are bright 

and gayc 




Michael Rider 

My heart leaps up when I behold,. 

The sight of these men in brown and gold^ 

These men keep the traffic flowing; 

These men are always true and boldo 

But some of these men have to take their toll; 

For they are the California Highway Patrols 

The men of this outfit are highly skilled. 
In clearing highways,, traffic filled^ 
They always help people along their beat^ 
All of them know their job is no treat o 
But if you are lost,, or out of control^ 
You can always count on the Highway Patrol. 

These men are the best, in them you can trusty 
For they are kind, good, brave and juste 
Why are they out there someone may ask^ 
*'To keep you alive'' - that is their task. 

So next time you® re out,^ and you ^ re down in a hole. 
If you ^ re hurt after a fall, here * s whom to call. 
The California Highway Patrol! 


Agnes Dutill 

We were made for each other, 

For our entire lives i 

To be together and live as oneo 

We were put on this earth to live and love for free 

To share our thoughts and emotions^ 

And feel security o 

But, how can we live as one? 

Society will not allow all to be oneo 

The fact that life is so short. 

And sorrow falls upon usi 

Left's live as one ^ 

Let^s all live as oneo 




Agnes Dutill 

It was another day of hard work for the swim 
team and especially one of the most important ones 
because this was the practice that Mrs, Goodwin 
would judge from the timings and would tell us who 
would be going to the tournaments e 

Practice started out fineo We all did our 
warmups and after we were finished^ MrSo Goodwin 
called all of us down to the shallow endo She 
counted all of us to see if we all were there o She 
asked ^ "Does anyone know where Wiraman is?'* I 
replied, "Yes I He told me that he had to leave early 
today because he had some business to take care of*\ 
So practice continued on as usual o 

We were all called down to the shallow end again. 
This time Mrs o Goodwin noticed that Michael Dunkel- 
berger was missingo She asked, "Does anyone know 
where Michael is?" I replied, "He told me that he 
had to leave early, for he has business to take care oj 
Practice was over and when we went to supper^ there 
was no sign of Michael or Wiraman o They had the police 
looking for them but they weren '^ t found o 

So the next day, instead of going to school, 
Carolyn and I decided to look all over the school for 
themo We thought that we might find them because we 
knew there were som.e hideouts no one else knew abouto 
We looked all over, but we didn^^t find themo All we 
saw was enormous piles of dirto 

Suddenly, we heard a voice that said, "Carolyn, 
Agnes come hereo We know that you are looking for us 
so come hereo We are here because we had business to 
take care ofo We made strange faces appear in classes 
we put slime in the pool and frightened you to death 
at nights with our strange noises o We were assigned 
here by our demons and they told us that this was and 
will always be our living quarters o We call this, 



by , . . . : 

Debbie Brown ^ ■ . ' 

On the corner of Fifty=- third Street and Hall-- 
man Avenue, there is a school called Kubblehillo 
It is a boarding school for students in the ninth 
through twelfth grades. 

There are four dormitories — two for girls ^ 
and two for boys. M)Ove each is a dusty attic with 
a small window. 

No one went up to these attics anymore o There 
were said to be bats and mice and rats up there. 

But in Appleton Hall, a dormitory for freshmen 
and sophomore girls, the attic was even scarier « 

For two nights in a row,- at about three in the 
morning, they'd" hear sounds in the attic that sounded 
like a wild man^ 

On the third night, Saidie Mills decided to find 
out what it was. Saidie was a pretty girl with red 
hair and freckles. She laughed a lot, and all. the 
boys liked her« 

At 2s 45 A«M. , Saidie got up and walked to the 
big door that led to the attic « Her hand shook ner- 
vously as she slowly turned the knob. The stairs 
squeaked as she walked up« Suddenly^ she saw a tall 
figure approaching her^ 

It was a tall man who looked prehistoric « He 
had a stock in his, hand, and he yelled something at 


She screamed and rano Everyone heard her scream 
and ran to the door just as she was running through « 

^*What happened? What happened? ^^ Everybody 
wanted to knoWe 

"2 3» 

Wild Man in the Attic » Continued 

Jl T '1 

I^m never going up there again." Saidie said, 
panting o "There ^s a weird guy up there o " 

''A weird guy? What did he look like?" 

"Really savage o Crazy o" 

'* Where did he come from?'' 

'^I don^t know, and I don * t careo 1 just want 
It out of here or I'm getting outo " 

Everyone else felt the same way^ 

Mr So Carr, the housemother, called the watchman o 

The watchman went up to the attic and looked 

"Doesn^t seem to be anything up there,*" he said. 
Your^re just dreamingo" 

Saidie knew she wasn't dreamingo 

The next Morning at 2^30, two girls went up to 
the attiCo Just as last night, the man was thereo 
They ran quickly down the stairs a 

They called the watchman again, but he did not 
see anything o 

Meanwhile, there was a little girl of thirteen 
wondering about the whole situationo Her name was 
Karen Foxo Karen had never been away from home be=- 
fore she came to Kubblehillo She was a very shy 
little girlo Lots of people made fun of hero 

But Karen had some very special talents o She 
loved to do strange experiments, and she was not 

afraid to try anything o 


Wild Man in the Attic - Continued. .«* « 

That night, Karen decided that she_ would go to 
the attic and see what was going on. She had told 
no one about her plan* 

At about 2s 30 A*M. , Karen went up to the attic. 
Cautiously, she opened the attic door. She saw the 
figure standing there in the corner, ■ .■ 

She switched on the light just as the man 
leaped at her* The light showed a tall, handsome 
man with blue eyes and blond hair. He was dressed up 
in a strange costume.. 

"Vinnie?" Karen said* 

"Karen. You^re really something else, ^' 

'*Was that you up here the last few nights?" 

"You bet," Vinnie sm.iled. 

"You had the girls almost crazy v/ith fear." 

"Yeah, that^s where I got the inside information* 

Every girl in school knew Vinnie Alexander. 
Every girl wanted to be his special sweetheart. 

Then he began to speak softly. 

"Karen, I could have any girl I wanted, don't 
you think?" ■ ■ 

"Yeah,." She really didn^,, sound interested, 

"But I don^t want any girl in this school....* 
I want you.. I-=-'I knew you^d come here and not be 

scared. YouM be too curious," 

"But how in heaven ^s name did you get here?-^ 

"Well, very carefully," Vinnie replied* "I 


Wild, Man in the Attic - Continued, „ e ^ c 

looked around campus to make sure the watchman was 
on the other side^ I climbed out my first-floor 
window, walked a little way across the land, and 
then crawled into the tunnel « " 

** Tunnel? What tunnel?" 

''Oh, haven *t you heard rumors about smugglers 
using this building to hide their stuff many years 


''Well, that's where the tunnels came from, 
and the ladder and trapdoor leading to your attic." 

"Well, Vinnie, you^re something else." 

"You can find lots of interesting things in 
this place if you just look. And I think you're 
good at that*'* 

"Oh, Vinnie, you * re wild," Karen smiled. Then 
she said goodnight and left, not caring whether any- 
body found out about this meeting^, 

No one ever saw or heard a wild man in the attic 

No one except Karen. 



by .. c^ 

Earl Young 

The Scenes Hart. Scout Reservation - July 10, 1979 
Tapout for the Order of the Arrow 

Sunday, July 7, our troop had. gone to scout camp 
for one week during the summer. We arrived at the 
camp at 7^00 P«M. Sunday evening. First we checked 
in with the camp master and went to our camp site, 
Red Fox. 

Red Fox is a cam.p site which we have been visit°= 
ing for quite a few years. Our troop likes this site 
because it is close to a lot of things like, for ex- 
ample,, the mess hall! 

After having a little something to eat, we went 
to bed for the nights The next morning we got up and^ 
had breakfast. About lOiOO A.Mu we went swimming tii 
12 "'00. At 12s 30 we had lunch. Around 3 s 00 P.M. we 
had boating, then supper at 5s 30. About lOiOO P.M. we 
went to bed and to sleep^ We had the same routine on 
Tuesday and most of Wednesday except at approximately 
7 1 15 the tapout was to- bagin. The candidates chosen 
to take their ordeal were John and Joe Miller. Botn 
of t-'hese boys knew -that their ordeal v/ould not be easy 
because I was going to be their- taskmaster. They knew 
that they couldn't talk for twenty-four hours, and 
that they could eat only what was given to them. The 
ceremony v/as about to begin. 

There were ten other scout troops there at the 
ceremony^ All of the scouts were asked to keep silence 
through the entire ceremony. There was an Indian run- 
ning in the big circle that the troops had formed. 
This Indian would run around and hit people that were 
selected. The candidates had to form a chain. After 
each of them was selected they disappeared into the 
dark and the woods surrounding the camp fire. After 
walking a long time over roots of trees and stumbling 
in the dark, they were allowed to rest where their 
Indian selected^ The boys were to get up very early 


Tapout -- Continued ...... 

in the morning and now they were very tense and scared 
After a while they fell asleep. At around one in the 
morning two men came up to Joe's sleeping bag and very 
gently picked it up so that Joe didn't wake up. They 
put him m the car. They took him to a place in Phila- 
delphia and tied him up. 

The next morning about 5^30 A.M. John woke up and 
immediately started looking for Joe. He let me know 
by signs that Joe had disappeared and I called every- 
one together. John was so excited that at first I 
didn't know what he was trying to tell me. Finally, 
I had to let him speak. After he told me of Joe's 
disappearance I was really concerned for I was re- 
sponsible for all of the troop. I asked the assembled 
group If anyone was trying to play a joke on us and I 
soon found out that no one knew anything about it 1 
hurried to the camp master and told him what I knew; 
I also let John tell his story again. The camp master 
called the police and they began an all-out search for 
Joe. They notified the local papers, the radio and 
TV Stations. 

The two men who had taken Joe heard it on the 
radio and got scared. They rushed him back to camp 
and slipped him in a cabin that was a little distant 
from the others. The cabins had already been search- 
ed and researched. We decided to look through them 
one more time. One of the scouts found Joe still 
tied up and gagged. We all felt relief! When we ' 
asked Joe what had happened he answered, "I don't 
know, you tell me. Is this part of tapout?" 

When John and Joe went home they were hoping 
their parents wouldn't be upset,- because in spite of 
this experience, they could hardly wait to get back 
to boy scout camp! 


ToMolo ■' , : 

by = 

Kevin Hall . ' i 

One day,, while walking down the road, I was 
struck by a hit-and-xun driver o I -was killed in- 
stantlyo My new spirit woke up during the night 
and stole a caro 

With the car that I took, I drove to the air-^ 
porto A small plane that was about to take off 
was standing there o I hid in the plane and watched 
the six passengers get one They were? two newly== 
weds, a doctor, and/ a ten year old girl with her 
parents o I jumped out and threatened to kill themo 
They were very much afraid, especially when I ex-- 
plained that I intended to crash the plane into 
Three Mile Island unless all the cars in America 
were "destroyedo 

The American Army had. their latest nuclear 
missile pointed at our plane o Suddenly ^, I made a 
power dive at the Three Mile Island siteo The army 
launched the missileo In the back of my head I heard 
the passengers screaming, yelling for helpo 

All six people jumped on me at onceo They over-" ^-i 
powered me and landed the planeo ? 

The missile missed us and accidently hit the ^ 

Three Mile Island nuclear planto Everything went 
up in flames -=^ Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, 
Delaware and New Jersey o When I finally came back 
to my second body, God was so angry that this tim.e I 

you know where He sent me! 




Mazin Quitaishat 

I am the soda machine at Overbrook School 
for the Blinde Several kinds of soda are in my 
machine. Selling soda is fun. The people who 
come to see me are interesting. On the weekends 
I am lonely because nobody comes to see me. 

Different types of personalities like to 
buy from me. Some of the students get me mad 
when they try to steal sodas from me and others 
are friendly^ 

Sometimes when I get mad at the students 
I steal nickles, pennies and dimes. 

If the students would stop stealing sodas 
from me I would stop stealing money from themi 




Michael Rider & the Senior Class 

Tv/as the night before Christmas and in the garage 
Not a vehicle was stirring, not even a Dodge 
The grease guns were hung by the chimney with care 
In hopes that Mr« Goodwrench soon would be there o 

The mechanics were nestled all snug in their beds 
While visions of mufflers danced in their heads « 
And Sam in his kerchief and I in my cap 
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. 

When out on the expressway, there arose such a clatter 
I sprang from my Cadillac to see what was the matter. 
Out of the door I flew like a flash, 
Threw open the hood and there went my cash! 

The carburetor on the crest of the rebuilt motor 

Gave a gust of black smoke like it ain^t supposed ter. 

When what to my wonderous eyes should appear 

But a giant tow truck, its engine in gear 

With a little old driver, heavy foot on the gas 

I knew in a moment it must be Christmas! 

More rapid than eagles, the gas guzzlers came 

And he whistled and shouted and called them by name 

'*Now Dasher, now Fury, nov/ Scouts now Scamp - 

On Volar i, on Torino, on Corvette, and Chamip. 

To the top of the bridge by the edge of the wall 

Now limp away, limp away gas guzzlers all.** 

As dry leaves that before a wild hurricane fly, 
When they travel five miles their gas tanks run dryo 
So down the street the gas guzzlers stand still,- 
Their gas tanks waiting for Mr,-, Goodwrench to fill* 



A 16 year old Scout, Carson Shrawder, who has 
resided at the Overbrook School for the Blind for 
the past 10 years will receive his Eagle Award at a 
ceremony December 11th at 8:30 P.M. at the Nevil 
Center Gymnasium. 

K,, ^v^^^^^'^^u'' ^f ^ member of Troop 123, sponsored 
by the Overbrook School for the Blind. Shrawder 
who is a junior in high school, is a recipient of 
the Union League Good Citizenship Award, and the 
D.A.R Citizenship Medal and is a Brotherhood Mem- 
ber of the Order of the Arrow. He is presently 
serving as Conestoga District Chapter Chief of the 
Order of the Arrow. 

wn^h ^"""k!^^^ Eagle Service project, Shrawder worked 
with eight deaf -blind students— helping them im- 
prove their recreation skills. 

With all the adverse publicity that the media 
played up to last year with the Toms River situa- 
tion, I hope that equal coverage can be given to 
this young man who obtained the rank of Eagle 
while being handicapped. I'm sure it will be of 
interest to the public. 



Arthur E. Cope land ,__. ■ 

Class of 19 2 6 " ' .; 

In a world such as ours where we need to face 
life realistically, v/e have to accept the fact that 
we are first judged by others on the basis of how^ 
we look. It may not be a fair judgment, but that s 
the way it is. It may be the only impression we 
give to many people whom we meet. So it is im- 
portant for us all to make that impressiOR a good 

This is true regardless of what physical handi- 
caps we may have including visual impairment. I 
myself am totally blind, so I know what I mi. talk«= 
ing about. Before I lost all my vision I worked 
professionally with and for blind people. I had 
many opportunities to interview both blind and 
sighted persons. There is no question but that ^ 
I was influenced in my appraisals of them by their 
appearance. So I know from my own experience that 
good grooming is essential despite the difficulties 
it may present* Nothing is sadder than the young 
blind person whose appearance is woe-^be-gone , 
whose eyes are noticeably disfigured and whose 
clothes are hung on any which way. This is an 
immediate indication that that person has little 
self-esteem, little pride in himself, and it is a 
■ completely defeatist attitude. It is also one 
that need not exist. 

Regardless of the extent of your physical 
handicap, it is quite within reason for you to 
present an appearance of confidence. This con-- 
fidence is indicated by the way you look and by 
your attitude in generalo Good grooming is a 
basic quality for both appearance and attitude. 
You do not have to be a fashion plate, nor follow 
rigidly all changes in fashion « At the same 


Personal Appearance and You - Continued 

time, it is a good idea to be aware of changes, 
and to conform to them to some degree. Fortunate- 
ly, in today ^s world of fashion, there is a great 
deal of latitude; almost anything is acceptable 
if it suits you and your own personal style « In- 
formality in dress is widely accepted and we do 
not need to follow extreme fashion or pay too much 
attention to passing fads and whims^ 

Certain basic things are important, however, 
and I would list them in the following way^ 

1. Be clean. This is certainly number one on the 
list. It is imperative to be clean, to smell 
clean, to look clean* This involves primarily 
soap and water. 

2. Be neat.. This means keeping your clothing clean 
and well»pressed and your shoes in good con- 

3. Be aware of changes in fashion. Basically this 
means adapting what you have to fit the current 
styles « If you are able to buy new styles, be 
sure to take a sighted person with you whose 
opinion you trust. Someone who is truly in-^ 
terested in you can tell you what becomes you 
as an individual. 

4. Pay attention to your hair. Keep it shining 
clean and adapt current styles to your own 
personality. Here again it is a good idea to 
accept the opinion of someone you trust. 

5. Wear glasses if glasses improve your appearance ' 
and minimize your visual handicap « This helps 
the people who have to look at you and it im-= 
proves your general appearance o 

5. Be aware of ^^blindisms^^ such as incorrect head 
posture and posture in general. Stand tall, 
he ad up « 

7o Ask *'How do I look?*' once you are dressed for 
any occasion^ 


Personal Appearance and You - Continuedo o o e o 

80 Know what is correct etiquette and cultivate it. 

These points I believe to be essential ^ for any 
handicapped person, no m,atter what his handicap 
may bee I have, in addition, a few suggestions 
that may well increase your own enjoyment of life. 
Enroll in classes that may be available to youo 
Classes in grooming and make-up can be very valuable 
Classes in public speaking will aid you m talking 
on vour feet and further your self-conf idence. 
Classes in dancing, especially in dancing with a 
partner, should improve your social lifeo Attend-^ 
ing classes gives you the opportunity to meet and 
work with different kinds of people, and also the 
opportunity to practice on each other as well as 
to broaden your own social horizons o 

If you will take the time to follow these 
simple suggestions, you will build up your own con- 
fidence in your appearance and your personality = 
.Even more important, you will be assured of always 
having your '^best foot forwardr. You will make 
and leave a good impression, and I firmly believe 
that you will also be a happier person o 



The 80 's are now with us and, as we reflect 
on the 70 's, it can truly be stated that it was 
during the 1970 ^s that the Overbrook Alumni Asso- 
ciation began to place major emphasis on providing 
more services to Overbrook^s students, the School 
and members of the Alumni Association. In prior 
years, the Alumni concerned itself primarily with 
providing various social activities for its members 
It IS our hope that in the years to come, the *-f- 
forts of the Alumni Association will result in 
even greater and improved services especially to 
the students of the School. 

The Officers and Members of the Executive Com- 
mittee would like to take this opportunity to ex- 
press our wish that 1980 will bring continued joy 
and happiness to everyone. 

About a year ago, members of the Alumni Asso- 
ciation were given an opportunity to express their 
opinion concerning the various social activities 
sponsored by the Association. As a result of this 
survey, the Social Committee has decided to look 
into the possibility of holding the Mid-Year Social 
during daylight hours. This event will take place 
sometime in March and,, if it proves to be success- 
rul. It will become an annual event. 

Wedding bells recently rang loud and clear 
for two Past Presidents of the Alumni Association ' 
when Marilyn Warburton and Rudy Lutter joined hands 
m Holy Matrimony « Miss Betsy Johnson recently 
became Mrs,. Thomas Gerhart. Both are members of 
the Alumni Association. We would like to express 
our hope that their love for one another will con- 
tinue to grow as the years go by^ 

We regret to report that four long-time Alumni 
members passed away in recent months. They are 


Alumni News - Continued. .„ o o 

Freida Oertel. Edward Quill. Dr. Kenneth Gearhart, 
and Gerald Haggerty. We extend our sympathy to 
their relatives and friends « 

"FCC Attorney Evaluated the Electronic Mass Media 
During Trip Through South America" „ . . . . . . 

Rudolph V, Lutter, Jr., an attorney at the 
Washington headquarters of the Federal Communxcations 
commission, has just completed a three week prxvately 
planned and financed trip through South America to 
evaluate the use of the mass media for educational 
purposes in Third World countries with economic 
systems which closely interact with ours. The 
countries visited were Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, 
Brazil, and Colombia. Since 1964 Lutter has visited 
29 foreign countries on missions to evaluate the use 
of their electronic mass media in western Europe, the 
Middle East, the Orient, Communist Europe and North 
and south America. Earlier this year Lutter was^ 
named in the second edition of ^olsJ«io_in_;Mierica^ 
Law. Approximately six percent of American attorneys 
liHiive this recognition. He was also appointed to 
his fifth three-year term on the President's Committee 
on Employment of the Handicapped. 

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^^ Bf<>J?^rg'^ca ^^ I kin 




Deborah Brown 
Agnes Dutill 
Christopher Faber 
Vonda Sue Hoffman 
Licinda Morelli 
Michael 0* Donne 11 


MrSo Mildred Bender 


Miss Eleanor Lodholz 




Darrell Royal 

When I grow up I would like to be a ring- 
master at a circus o If I were a ringmaster^ I 
would appear in flashy clothes — a ruffled 
shirt, a spangled coat, gloves^ beaver hat and 
red or orange pants o I would appear at the 
Barnum and Bailey or Ringling Brothers Circus 
«- the greatest show on earth 1 I would bark 
through a megaphone introducing clowns ^ lions ^ 
tigers^ elephants, acrobats and all of the 
other flashy performers o I would also hawk 
the sideshows — the "fat lady'' who weighs 873 
pounds^ the thin man who could have been used 
as a door stop^ his weights who knows? Tom 
Thumb the midget^ who stands 12 inches tall 
and is married to the tall woman, ''Slim Sally", 
height? eight feet! 

It would be fun to be a ringmaster, to 
travel from, town to town with the "Greatest 
Show on Earth" and to have friends among the ^ 
clowns, the wild animal tamers^ the dare-devil 
"Aerialists" of the flying trapeze, the peanut 
sellers and all of the other wonderful people 
who travel about with the circus! 

I can imagine a new act called "Circus in 
Space" featuring children's songs like WIZARD 
OF OZo I would be a song leader with songs 
from Black Hole, Star Trek, Star Wars, Close 
Encounters, and Space Odyssey! Also we would 
bring in disco, music of the twenties, Hawaiian 
music, blues, Latin American pieces, and 
marcheso I would be singer, narrator, musi--^ 
cian, and conductor and I would tell the audi 
ence what to expect o I would live on the cir-^ 
cus train and I would enjoy every minute of my 
exciting life as a ringmaster! 

I Would Like To Be A Ringmaster o o o o o Continued 

My first try at being ^* ringmaster'* was two 
years ago at Overbrook^s ^'Spring Fling^'o IF I 
get the job again^ I will say the magic words s 
"Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! 
We welcome you to highlights of this yearns 
Spring Fling Circus! Let the show begin!'* 
We would start with '^Circus in Toyland"^ 
Charivari the clown^ Neptune ^ s Circus^ and last 
— the Circus in Space with a little piano 
music during the intermissiono How about that? 



This world is our haven o God provided it 
for us to enjoy and to live in it for His pur-^ 
poses o Symbolically speaking, this haven is 
filled with mountains, valleys, plateaus^ rivers 
and erupting volcanoes o 

We are travelers who set out on a special 
mission -- every minute that we live on this 
earth, we have a job to do,. Often, we ride 
about on bucking horses^ who do not make our 
ride easy. We run into mountains, and sink 
deep into the valleys. We drown in the rivers, 
and erupting volcanoes pour over us, burning 
us with steaming lava, continually o 

Yet, we have a job to do, an obligation to 
complete our mission. Though the mountains and 
valleys may distress us, we must keep striving 
to reach the mountain peaks ^ serving God con- 
tinually o 




Michele Zimmaro 

A friend is a person who makes life worth 
living o He helps the growth of one * s person- 
ality and somehow brings out the best in a per-- 
sono A friend never dictates i rather^ he al-- 
lows one to be what he iSo Other qualities of 
a friend include honesty, trusty and concern o 
A friend cares about a person* s feelings whether 
happy or sado When one is happy ^ he shares in 
his friend*s joy« For example^ if a person does 
well in school and achieves a good grade on a 
test or wins an award in a sports events a friend 
offers congratulations and encouragement o He 
is not jealous but feels glad for the person o 
However^ a friend also provides support when one 
needs help or is in troubleo Many times a kind 
word from him is enough to make one feel better o 

Furthermore, a good friendship is not one-- 
sidedo It involves giving and receiving^ and 
both persons need to participate and respond to 
keep the relationship o The love between friends 
is shown by having good times ^ sharing thoughts^ 
and exchanging gifts o Sometimes a person has 
one close friend whom he feels that he knows the 
best and can trust the mosto When seeking ad^ 
vice or company^ he is the person to whom one 
turns o A best friend always finds something new 
to like in a person and^; therefore, does not 
take him for granted ^ 

As John Donne wrote ^ "No Man Is An Island" o 
Man needs friends to survive , grow, and mature o 
Without friends, he would feel lonely and un- 
happy e Man depends on friends not only for 
material things^ but also for the joys of lifeo 



Agnes Dutill 

The laser cane is a fairly new invention^ 
and there were many models before this model 
I use V7as designed o It is produced by Nuriono 

The laser cane is a very expensive piece 
of equipment and must be handled with careo 
It has beam.s that see through the lens o It 
goes in one pair and reflects back, and the 
other pair sees the object and makes the type 
of sound that is needed o 

There are three types of sounds o The 
first one is a very low sound. The second one 
is a medium sound and the last one is a very 
high-pitched sound o 

The low sound goes off when there is a 
step or hole,. The hole or drop^off must be 
at least four inches deepo 

The medium tone goes off when something 
is in front of you^ There are two ranges for 
thiSo One is five feet and the other is twelve 
feeto There is a button on the cane that you 
can set to whatever range suits your purpose 

The high tone goes off when there is 
something at your head levela It will go off 
at thirty inches from the tip of the caneo 
When you hear this sounds you should put your 
hand up to your shoulders to protect yourself o 

The cane is just like any ordinary cane as 
far as appearance goes and weighs approximately 
one pound o 



The Laser Caneo o o o oCon tinned 

With the cane comes an adapted 6 volt^ 
nickel cadium battery that you can recharge 
and useo The battery must be recharged for 
six hours at a time and will last for about 
14 hours o This battery can last for about 
a yearo 

I really enjoy using a laser caneo It 
helps me in my traveling o 




How many people do you suppose ask them» 
selves the guestioni ''Is there an answer?'* 
Probably quite a few. Often we search and 
search aimlessly for our answer and we never 
seem to get anywhere at all. How can we^ if we 
doubt that there is an answer to find? But yet^ 
our search goes ono 

This constant search might be compared to 
the voyages that took place about four hundred 
years ago during the Period of Exploration. 
Many sailors traveled about looking for an all-- 
water route to the Orienta They had to endure 
much tribulation. Many of them became desperate- 
ly ill from diseases that had no cure. 

Yet. after many, many years of travel and 
hardship, the navigators reached a new land. 
Wild Indians roamed about, and their language 
was unmtelligibleo With much despair the 
European sailors found out that after so much 
trouble, this was not the destination for which 
they had been looking. 

So their search continued. Again they met 
sickness^ starvation and, often^ sudden deatho 
But finally, after so many years of trouble, 
they found the Orient. 

Often we are like the European explorers^ 
who are weighed down by the pressures of seek-= 
ing out an answer o We too must endure much 
tribulation, just as the sailors had to do so 
many years agOo But as we remember^ the ex^ 
plorers of old did finally find their answer o 

And we may too ^-^ somedayo "Is there an answer?", 
we may ask ourselves despairingly; I suppose our 
answer may come in due time; we just have to 
wait and seeo 


Faye Wagner 

Hey I All you Saturday shopper s,^ did you 
ever wonder where all that money goes on those 
Saturday afternoon shopping sprees? Welly you 
know what I learned in General Business Class? 
How to spend my money on things that are better 
for me to buy! I learned to look at the prices 
of merchandise and to see if I could get a bet=- 
ter bargain o Now I pay more attention to the 
advertisements in the newspapers o Many a time ^ 
before my General Business Class. I missed many 
sales that would have saved me money e Coupons 
are also a great help^ 

Also in the general Business Class ^ we 
learned how we could get Blue Cross and Blue 
Shield. This is helpful to have because it is 
monetary aid for a single parent, often when 
it is most needed o It will also help one if 
one gets sick because it will help pay for the 
hospital bills o 

My reason for thinking that General Bus- 
iness is a great course is because it helps you 
with your shopping^ household buying, and in 
making good investments o It is a very good 
money saver and I think everyone should take 
this course o Before I had that class I too 
would always ask myself^ after Saturday shop-- 
ping sprees^ "Where has all the money gone?" 
Now I know just how to save a little bit more 
of ito 


Emery Williams 

Love is brighter than sunshineo 

Love can be sweeter than honey o 

Love can have a sweeter scent than perfume o 

Love can be bittern 

Love is happiness o 

Love is sacrificing for someone elseo 

When Jesus gave His life for us^ that is loveo 

Love can be painful o 

Love is helping one anothero 

Love is getting to know youo 


Vincent Burton 

If I were a roller skate what wonderous things 
I could dOo 

In my way I am special *' cause I*m not a sneaker 
or a shoeo 

I^d roll around -- up and down — all over the 

ground o 

And when you try to find me what strange places 
I^d be found o 

If I were a professional skate wouldn^t that 
be neat? 

Despite those old and wretched socks and those 
dirty ^ smelly feet! 

So^ when you think of a roller skate ^ always 
think of me. 

Put me on^ tighten me up and throw away the key, 


Karen Metzner 


New year, 

The future; 

It^s always there. 

Waiting^ silent, and perhaps unknown. 

Looking up to that twinkling star 
which is so far away, 

A peekhole that's made in a foggy window^ 
in order to see beyond o 

Many dreams may foresee the future* 

But what ever became of them? 


Last year^ 

The past; 

Has it all gone? 



Leza Janine Parrish 

Look over behind the mountain^ what do you see? 
A golden sunrise as pretty as can be« 

Look on the hillside, what do you see? 
A little bird nesting in a tree^ 

Look down upon the beach ^ what do you see? 
The clean ^ white sand and the calm^ cool seao 

Look out over the green fields what do you see? 
A beautiful flower bed and a honey beeo 

Look down the road ^ what do you see? 
You see a group of happy people 

\^o show love to all, 

I am glad to say they are my friends and me» 


Anthony Stafford 

Somewhere there ^s Heaven^ 

Somewhere there ^s Loveo 

Is it in a crowded house 

Or is it in the clouds above? 

No one can tell you 

Which road to take 

Because each and everyone of us 

Learns by our mistakes. 

When your task is hard 

And you think it's dumb,, 

Get down on your knees and pray 

For a better day to comeo 



Penny Carter 

Spring comes only once a year 
Birds sing and flowers blooitio 
The air gets warmer o 
Days get lighter and 
The nights get shorter o 
The grass gets green and 
The branches fill up 
With new leaves o 




Patrick Lynagh 

Love came upon me like a midnight dreamo 
Like all dreams it came to an endo 
But now I have a new one m.uch more beautiful? 
This friendship will last forevero 


Licinda More Hi 

Above now^ the stars hang dimi 

A light breeze blows 

And the rain has s topped « 

The earth is covered by a blanket 

of a pale blue sky^ 

Below ^ the waves on the water 

Lie smoothed I 

And the ship^s flag waves gently « 

Peeped at by the weak. 

But suddenly sustained,: strong eyes. 

As leaves lie fallen? scattered about. 

An eaglet's cry rings out in the distance. 

A cloud seems to be huddled meekly in its path 

Stunned, he stops short to listen 

To the sound of surrounding peace! 

As it seems, a dove seems 

To answer his desperate cryr 

Crooning with surpassing understanding! 

For it seems to say, 

''Yes, that's right. Just let it all beo *' 

**Por peace is at hand! 

Can-t you see it? Can-t you feel it? 

This, indeed,, is 

Your destination for now! 

Let this peace engulf thee!** 

"Soon, again, my eagle friend^ 

You ^11 be able to swoop 

Down below the cliffy 

Just remember 

Your final destination!** 



Cory Lynn Jewel 

What is the difference between a tennite 
and a dragon? 

D O 3 O 

A dragon cooks your house before he eats it! 


What did the mayonnaise say to the ice box? 

O O O O Q 

Close the door! I'm dressing! 

If a dog should lose his tail^ where would he 
get another one? 

o o o o o 

In a retail store i 1 I 


MrSo Derdel'^s Fourth Period English Class 

Electric braille writers 

Electric motor chairs that we could use 
instead of taking SEPTA 

Beeping tennis balls 

Movie earphones that explain what^s happening 
on the screen 

Braille and large print markers on stove 
and appliance knobs and buttons 

Automatic roller skates 

Pocket sized braille writers,^ battery operated 

A ceiling stored bed. so that the room can 

be used for doing things other than sleeping 

Braille computers 

A typewriter that types as you speak into it 



Alumni Member Named Pennsylvania State Employee 

of the Year 

Bob Roebuck is blind and leads the blind o 
Roebuck is a rehabilitation teacher of the blind 
at Pennhurst Center, the Welfare Department's 
facility for 1^100 mentally retarded people in 
Chester County Visually impaired since his pre-- 
mature birth 36 years ago, he serves as an ex-- 
aiDple and inspiration to clients and staff alike o 

He has been chosen Pennsylvania's Handi- 
capped Employee of the Year for 1979 « He was 
chosen from six nominations, ^'*each worthy of 
special commendation-*, according to Joseph Do 
Weir, Executive Secretary, Governor '^s Committee 
on Employment of the Handicapped o Governor 
Thornburgh will make the presentation at a date 
not yet selectedo 

Perhaps because challenge has been part of 
his life. Roebuck works with some of the most 
challenging clients at Pennhurst? the visually 
impaired and/or hard of hearing retarded o 

With patience and good humor ^ he teaches 
them activities of daily living. What is mundane 
to most of us -- combing our hair^ making a bed.^ 
cooking a meal ^ is monumental to the muptiple 
handicappedo Climbing a few steps is like scaling 
Mto Everest y and yet* Roebuck has helped his 
clients achieve what others would consider mir-= 
acleSo , . 

An early supporter of community living for 
retarded people^ he himself has been largely 


Aliimnio o o o o Continued 

responsible for the move of many blind Pennhurst 
clients into their own apartments o By word and 
action^ he holds out independence as a realistic 

It was not always that way for himo He went 
to Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia 
where he was with other blind people like himself o 
The big wrench came at Wilkes College in Wilkes 
Barre where he had to keep pace with signted 
people o But he learned to stay abreast and even 
to move ahead, a pattern he has maintained o He 
went on to earn a master '^s degree in rehabilitation 
teaching from Western Michigan University ^ 

Formal, fulltime schooling over, he embarked 
on his professional career in 1968 at Pennhurst 
Center o About the same time he moved into his 
own home in Pottstown, a three-story house which 
he maintains himslef , including shoveling snow 
or doing yard -work. 

In his work, he has continued to groWo A 
self-starter, Roebuck has taken in-service train- 
ing to familiarize himslef thoroughly with every 
discipline in the hospital o He has developed 
measures for testing basic competency skills, has 
innovated an eating program for the blind, super^ 
vised other staff, participated as panelist in 
conferences and workshops^ assisted occupational 
therapy interns in their field of work experience, 
published articles « He is currently ward team 
leader in a ranch-style modular home for the 
multiple handicapped o 

Roebuck reads stacks of material both in 
braille and with the help of a volunteer reader e 
Continuing a habit formed at college, he makes 
heavy use of his tape recorder and takes copious 
notes with his stylus o 


Alumni o . . . o Continued 

Caring and dependability are his two hall- 
marks, despite the fact that he must reply on 
transportation from others to get to and from 
the rural Pennhurst campus. He has devised new 
teaching methods for the more severely and pro- 
foundly retarded clients with whom he now works o 

"If teaching how to make meals is too com- 
plicated,^ you start with pouring water/* he sayso 
"But it^s a beginning,, and many of our clients 
haven ^t even had thato '' 

Roebuck is a concerned volunteer - at Penn-~ 
hurst Center o For several years he worked even- 
ings in recreation activities ^^ on his own timeo 
Now he volunteers one night a week in the library 
program for the visually impaired.. 

He serves in another way - as host for Penn- 
hurst clients for suppers or luncheons in his own 
homeo He does more than prepare the food and 
**entertain" o He is an example of independence 
won against odds o 

Roebuck feels that outside activities enhance 
his life personally and prof essionallyo Besides 
his participation in several professional organic- 
zations^ he is a member of the Pottstown Jaycees 
and Pottstown Alliance Club. 

He counsels a few non-retarded clients in a 
purposely limited private practice and also serves 
as consultant on community living placement to a 
private provider. In addition^ he is a guest 
lecturer in the special education department at 
Bloomsburg State Teachers College o 

And he is an avid collector of old victrolas^ 

with more than 5 different models of every vin-- 
tage in his homeo He also collects brass arti"= 
f actSo 

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Alumni o o o o o Continued 

We regret to announce that James Copeland 
and Grant Longenecker^ long time members of the 
Association passed away in recent months o To 
their families^ we extend our sympathy o 

We have also been advised that two former 
students of Overbrook School for the Blind have 
died recently s 

Louise Brecht (at the age of 103) 

Alex Foster 




10th Grade 
Licinda Morelli 

8th Grade 

Scott Miller 


12th Grade 

Michael Rider 

9th Grade 

11th Grade 

Deborah Brown 
Sue Hoffman 
Carson Shrawder 

10th Grade 

William Ankenbrant 
Karen Metzner 
Emery Williams 

Loretta Bowen 
Lisa Hertzog 
Wiramen Niyomphol| 
Leza Parrish 
Rose Ann Schaller 
Sirichai Wiriya 

8th Grade 

Vincent Burton 
David Goldfield 
Marcella Hockaday 
Michael Waymon 

7th Grade 

John Lee 
James Woodson 


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